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The Triumph of Music

The Rise of Composers, Musicians and Their Art

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$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674057098

Publication Date: 11/15/2010


432 pages

5-7/8 x 8-7/8 inches

87 halftones; 2 tables

Belknap Press

World rights except United Kingdom & Commonwealth

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. Status: ‘You Are a God-Man, The True Artist by God’s Grace’
    • The Musician as Slave and Servant
    • Handel, Haydn and the Liberation of the Musician
    • Mozart, Beethoven and the Perils of the Public Sphere
    • Rossini, Paganini, Liszt—the Musician as Charismatic Hero
    • Richard Wagner and the Apotheosis of the Musician
    • The Triumph of the Musician in the Modern World
  • 2. Purpose: ‘Music Is the Most Romantic of All the Arts’
    • Louis XIV and the Assertion of Power
    • Opera and the Representation of Social Status
    • Bach, Handel and the Worship of God
    • Concerts and the Public Sphere
    • The Secularisation of Society, the Sacralisation of Music
    • The Romantic Revolution
    • Beethoven as Hero and Genius
    • Problems with the Public
    • Wagner and Bayreuth
    • The Invention of Classical Music
    • Jazz and Romanticism
    • Rock and Romanticism
  • 3. Places and Spaces: From Palace to Stadium
    • Churches and Opera Houses
    • Concerts in Pubs and Palaces
    • Concert Halls and the Sacralisation of Music
    • Temples for Music
    • Two Ways of Elevating Music—Bayreuth and Paris
    • The Democratisation of Musical Space
    • Places and Spaces for the Masses
  • 4. Technology: From Stradivarius to Stratocaster
    • Musical Gas and Other Inventions
    • Pianos for the Middle Classes
    • Valves, Keys and Saxophones
    • Recording
    • Radio and Television
    • The Electrification of Youth Culture
    • The Triumph of Technology
  • 5. Liberation: Nation, People, Sex
    • National Pride and Prejudice
    • Rule Britannia? Aux Armes, Citoyens!
    • Liberation in Italy
    • Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles
    • From the Woods and Meadows of Bohemia
    • A Life for the Tsar
    • Race and Rebellion
    • Sex
  • Conclusion
  • Chronology
  • Further Reading
  • Notes
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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