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The Invention of Beethoven and Rossini
Historiography, Analysis, Criticism


Nicholas Mathew, Benjamin Walton, James Hepokoski, James Webster, Gundula Kreuzer, Suzannah Clark, Roger Parker, Martin Deasy, Scott Burnham, Mary Ann Smart, Emanuele Senici, Julian Johnson, Yael Braunschweig, John Deathridge, Richard Will
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  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316649541
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  • Beethoven and Rossini have always been more than a pair of famous composers. Even during their lifetimes, they were well on the way to becoming 'Beethoven and Rossini' – a symbolic duo, who represented a contrast fundamental to Western music. This contrast was to shape the composition, performance, reception and historiography of music throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Invention of Beethoven and Rossini puts leading scholars of opera and instrumental music into dialogue with each other, with the aim of unpicking the origins, consequences and fallacies of the opposition between the two composers and what they came to represent. In fifteen chapters, contributors explore topics ranging from the concert lives of early nineteenth-century capitals to the mythmaking of early cinema, and from the close analysis of individual works by Beethoven and Rossini to the cultural politics of nineteenth-century music histories.

    • Provides the first in-depth treatment of the myriad relationships between the two central figures of early nineteenth-century music
    • Major scholars explore current thinking about some of the most important questions in music history, relevant for scholars and students of music and culture from the eighteenth century until the present day
    • Incorporates a wide range of scholarly perspectives, from music analysis to reception history and critical theory
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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316649541
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 171 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 34 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: pleasure in history Nicholas Mathew and Benjamin Walton
    Part I. The Age of Beethoven and Rossini?:
    1. Dahlhaus's Beethoven-Rossini Stildualismus: lingering legacies of the text event dichotomy James Hepokoski
    2. Beethoven, Rossini - and others James Webster
    3. Heilige Trias, Stildualismus, Beethoven: the limits of nineteenth-century Germanic music historiography Gundula Kreuzer
    4. Rossini and Beethoven in the reception of Schubert Suzannah Clark
    Part II. Senses of Place:
    5. Two styles in 1830s London: 'the form and order of a perspicuous unity' Roger Parker
    6. Looking north: Carlo Soliva and the two styles south of the Alps Martin Deasy
    7. 'More German than Beethoven': Rossini's Zelmira and Italian style Benjamin Walton
    8. On being there in 1824 Nicholas Mathew
    Part III. Rehearings:
    9. Making overtures Scott Burnham
    10. Beethoven dances: Prometheus and his creatures in Vienna and Milan Mary Ann Smart
    11. Rossinian repetitions Emanuele Senici
    Part IV. Crossing Musical Cultures:
    12. Very much of this world: Beethoven, Rossini and the historiography of modernity Julian Johnson
    13. Schopenhauer and Rossinian universality: on the Italianate in Schopenhauer's metaphysics of music Yael Braunschweig
    14. Elements of disorder: appealing Beethoven vs Rossini John Deathridge
    15. Role reversal: Rossini and Beethoven in early biopics Richard Will.

  • Editors

    Nicholas Mathew, University of California, Berkeley
    Nicholas Mathew is a professor in the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Political Beethoven (2013) and has published articles in, among others, Musical Quarterly, Eighteenth-Century Music, 19th-Century Music, Current Musicology, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and the volume Engaging Haydn (edited by Richard Will and Mary Hunter, 2012). He is currently editor, with W. Dean Sutcliffe, of the journal Eighteenth-Century Music.

    Benjamin Walton, University of Cambridge
    Benjamin Walton is a Senior University Lecturer in Music at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College. He is the author of Rossini in Restoration Paris: The Sound of Modern Life (2007), and is currently writing a book about the spread of opera beyond Europe in the first half of the nineteenth century.


    Nicholas Mathew, Benjamin Walton, James Hepokoski, James Webster, Gundula Kreuzer, Suzannah Clark, Roger Parker, Martin Deasy, Scott Burnham, Mary Ann Smart, Emanuele Senici, Julian Johnson, Yael Braunschweig, John Deathridge, Richard Will

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