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The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto

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Simon P. Keefe, Tia DeNora, Michael Talbot, David Yearsley, Stephan D. Lindeman, R. Larry Todd, David E. Schneider, Arnold Whittall, Cliff Eisen, Robin Stowell, David Rowland, Timothy Day
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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521542579

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About the Authors
  • No musical genre has had a more controversial critical history than the concerto, but has simultaneously retained as consistently prominent a place in the affections of the concert-going public. This volume is one of a very few to deal with the genre in its entirety. Setting the concerto in its musical and non-musical contexts, it examines the concertos that have made important contributions to musical culture, and reviews performance-related topics.

    • Comprehensive coverage of the concerto - a genre rarely considered in its entirety - including examinations of compositional contexts and performance-related topics
    • Broad appeal to scholars, students, performers and music lovers alike, in a volume dedicated to one of the most popular of musical genres
    • Up-to-date scholarship presented in a user-friendly fashion, traversing the whole spectrum of work on the genre
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    “At the heart of this volume, one senses a kind of missionary zeal, a concerted effort (no pun intended) to take this particular genre out of academic limbo. Though perhaps the most popular musical form among great masses of music lovers, the concerto has often been dismissed by scholars as trivial, overly theatrical, ego driven, physical rather than intellectual. In this well-edited volume, Keefe provides a thorough, comprehensive antidote to such misconceptions. The volume explores every aspect of concerto history and literature, offering social and political contexts, stylistic comparisons, and a survey of major works (including structural analysis). The level of scholarship is high and perceptive comments abound. Highly recommended.”

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521542579
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 37 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on the contributors
    List of abbreviations
    The concerto: a chronology Simon P. Keefe
    Introduction Simon P. Keefe
    Part I. Contexts:
    1. Theories of the concerto from the eighteenth century to the present day Simon P. Keefe
    2. The concerto and society Tia DeNora
    Part II. The Works:
    3. The Italian concerto in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries Michael Talbot
    4. The concerto in northern Europe to c. 1770 David Yearsley
    5. The concerto from Mozart to Beethoven: aesthetic and stylistic perspectives Simon P. Keefe
    6. The nineteenth-century piano concerto Stephan D. Lindeman
    7. Nineteenth-century concertos for strings and winds R. Larry Todd
    8. Contrasts and common concerns in the concerto 1900-1945 David E. Schneider
    9. The concerto since 1945 Arnold Whittall
    Part III. Performance:
    10. The rise (and fall) of the concerto virtuoso in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Cliff Eisen
    11. Performance practice in the eighteenth-century concerto Robin Stowell
    12. Performance practice in the nineteenth-century concerto David Rowland
    13. The concerto in the age of recording Timothy Day
    Selected further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Music Literature of the Classical Era
    • Seminar in Music History
  • Editor

    Simon P. Keefe, City University London
    Simon P. Keefe is Senior Lecturer in Music at City University London. He is the author of Mozart's Piano Concerto's: Dramatic Dialogue in the Age of Enlightenment (2001) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Mozart (2003). He has recently published articles on Mozart and on eighteenth-century aesthetic and stylistic topics in Acta Musicologica, The Journal of Musicology, Music and Letters, The Music Quarterly, The Journal of Musicological Research and Mozart-Jahrbuch.


    Simon P. Keefe, Tia DeNora, Michael Talbot, David Yearsley, Stephan D. Lindeman, R. Larry Todd, David E. Schneider, Arnold Whittall, Cliff Eisen, Robin Stowell, David Rowland, Timothy Day

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