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Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds (Ernest Bloch Lectures)

Why are one of the most cherished and often played works of the late-romantic period—Mahler, Delius, Debussy, Sibelius, Puccini—regarded by means of many critics as might be no longer really of the 1st rank? Why has modernist discourse endured to model those works as overly sentimental and emotionally self-indulgent? Peter Franklin takes an in depth and even-handed examine how and why late-romantic symphonies and operas instructed a fancy path among modernism and mass tradition within the interval major as much as the second one global battle. The style’s carrying on with acceptance and its domination of the movie tune idiom (via paintings by way of composers similar to Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and their successors) deliver late-romantic track to hundreds of thousands of listeners who've by no means set foot in a live performance corridor. Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music sheds new gentle on those frequently unfairly disparaged works and explores the ancient measurement in their carrying on with function within the modern sound global.

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ML196. F73 2014 780. 9′034—dc23 2013031179 synthetic within the united states 22 10 21 20 19 18 17 sixteen 15 nine eight 7 6 five four three 2 1 14 in line with a dedication to aid environmentally accountable and sustainable printing practices, UC Press has published this ebook on Natures traditional, a fiber that includes 30% post-consumer waste and meets the minimal necessities of ansi/niso z39. 48–1992 (r 1997) (Permanence of Paper). This publication is devoted to my maternal grandmother, Lily Salmons (née Phillips, 1878–1944), whom I by no means met, yet who stated six young children, survived the London Blitz sooner than evacuating to Chesterfield (where she died of cancer), and was once, in her early life, a muchloved maidservant. This web page deliberately left clean Contents record of Illustrations advent 1. surroundings the Scene: Grandiose Symphonics and the difficulty with paintings 2. Pessimism, Ecstasy, and far away Voices: hearing Late-Romanticism three. Sunsets, Sunrises, and Decadent Oceanics four. Making the realm Weep (Problems with Opera) five. Late-Romanticism Meets Classical tune on the videos 6. The sour fact of Modernism: A Late-Romantic tale Notes Index ix xi 1 23 fifty three eighty two a hundred and ten one hundred forty 171 191 This web page deliberately left clean Illustrations 1. Caspar David Friedrich, The Wanderer above the Mists/Liszt accomplishing the finest of his Legende von der heiligen Elisabeth. / three 2. Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Symposion. / seventy seven three. Adolf Weissman, Der klingende Garten: Impressionen über das Erotische in der Musik. / ninety eight four. Bette Davis and Paul Henreid. / 116 five. Manuscript pages from Steiner’s ranking for Now, Voyager. / 118 6. Bette Davis within the inner most Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. / a hundred twenty five 7. Schreker, Der ferne Klang. / 149 eight. picture of practice session for Der Schmied von Gent. / 153 nine. From Der Schmied von Gent. / 158 10. From Der singende Teufel. / 164 ix This web page deliberately left clean Introduction “Each member of the viewers sits by myself, hearing the paintings of the good, useless composer. ” —Christopher Small, Musicking think, then, the hushed throng in a wide eu live performance corridor, ready upon the conductor’s sign to an orchestra ranked in glittering array ahead of him, within the nineteenth-century type. possibly, like Christopher Small, we must always be suspicious of this curious social ritual, it sounds as if celebrating strength and heroic mastery sooner than a docile mass of habituated admirers. 1 The silence is damaged through a song whose solemn processional purely steadily starts to be interrupted via rhetorical outbursts of extra pressing emotion. those appear to start up better animation, as though in coaching for disaster, prior to calming once again. A extra sensuous unfolding now quietly takes over; it's going to presently include us with a powerful new subject matter that turns out to aspire to better issues and grows in self-confidence. It consists of our spirits ahead, better and better, till a dizzying outburst of grandeur confirms the coming of our heart’s desire—perhaps we visualize a sunburst glory out of the mists of a mountain panorama.

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