This complete evaluation of song within the 19th century attracts at the latest scholarship within the box. It avoids mere repertory surveys, focusing in its place on concerns which light up the topic in novel and fascinating methods. The booklet is split into components (1800–1850 and 1850–1900), each one of which ways the key repertory of the interval when it comes to essays investigating the highbrow and socio-political heritage of the time. The tune itself is mentioned in 5 valuable chapters inside of every one half, amplified through essays on issues reminiscent of pop culture, nationalism, genius, and the emergent idea of an avant-garde. The publication concludes with an exam of musical kinds and languages round the flip of the century. The addition of an in depth chronology and large glossaries makes this the main knowledgeable reference publication on nineteenth-century track presently on hand.

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