The Symphonic Repertoire, Volume III, Part B

The Symphonic Repertoire, Volume III, Part B

The European Symphony from ca. 1800 to ca. 1930: Great Britain, Russia, and France
A. Peter Brown, with Brian Hart
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Format: Hardback 94 b&w illus., 236 music exx.
ISBN: 978-0-253-34897-5
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The second part of the third volume to appear in the magnum opus of A. Peter Brown continues the geographical tour of the mid-nineteenth-to early-twentieth-century symphony begun in Volume III A. Brown discusses works from England, Russia, and France—including those by Potter, Bennett, Stanford, Elgar, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Gounod, Bizet, Franck, Dukas, and many others. A single source provides a detailed analysis of stylistic traits and background material on the composition and performances of these masterpieces.

Brown's series synthesizes an enormous amount of scholarly literature in a wide range of languages. It presents current overviews of the status of research, discusses important former or remaining problems of attribution, illuminates the style of specific works and their contexts, and samples early writings on their reception. There are overviews of the symphony as a genre and in-depth analysis of particular aspects of the symphony (such as composer, period, or instrument). No other book or series of books allows for the in-depth musical analysis and historical context that Brown provides in each volume of The Symphonic Repertoire.

Author Bio

A. Peter Brown (1943-2003) was Professor of Musicology and Department Chair at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He authored more than 80 published articles and reviews and was known for his scholarship on Joseph Haydn.

Brian Hart is Associate Professor of Music History at Northern Illinois University. He has written on various aspects of the late romantic French symphony–its place in Parisian concert life and its use in the communication of socio-political philosophies, Debussy's attitude toward the genre, and the works of Vincent d'Indy, Charles-Marie Windor, and Louis Vierne.


“A surprising aspect of the 20th century musical historiography is that some of the central repertoires of Western art music remain unexplored in broad-based treatments. . .Fortunately, within the 1980s and 1990s a sufficient number of the more obscure symphonies has been made available in editions and reprints so that a measured and reasonable overview can be constructed.”
 — from the introduction

“The second part of the third volume to appear in the magnum opus of A. Peter Brown continues the geographical tour of the mid 19th to early 20th century symphony begun in Vol. 3A.”

“This work is highly recommended for all larger public and academic libraries, and smaller libraries with specialized music collections. . . . conductors, musicologists, and others connected with symphonic music would certainly benefit from having these volumes in their libraries.”
 — Robert L. Wick, American Reference Books Annual

“ChoiceChoiceSeptember 2008”
 — M. Neil, Augustana College

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Table of Contents


Section Four — The British Symphony
Chapter Fourteen — The Symphony in Great Britain: From Potter to Elgar
The Symphonic Milieu from ca. 1800 to ca. 1850
Cipriani Potter
William Sterndale Bennett
The Symphonic Milieu from ca. 1850 to 1912
Charles Villiers Stanford
C. Hubert H. Parry
Edward Elgar
Conclusion: The British Symphony
Bibliographic Overview

Section Five — The Russian Symphony
Chapter Fifteen — The Symphony in Russia: From Glinka to Rachmaninoff
The Symphonic Milieu
The Seeds of the Russian Symphony: Mikhail Glinka
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Aleksandr Borodin
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Mily Balakirev
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov
Serge Rachmaninoff
Conclusion: What Makes a Symphony Russian?
Bibliographic Overview

Section Six — The French Symphony
Chapter Sixteen — The French Symphony after Berlioz: From the Second Empire to the First World War
Introduction: The Symphony in Mid-Century
Charles Gounod
Georges Bizet
Camille Saint-Saëns
Between Saint-Saëns's Second and Third: The "Revival" of Instrumental Music after 1870
Camille Saint-Saëns (continued)
French Symphonies after 1885: Classical and Romantic Camps
Édouard Lalo
César Franck
Ernest Chausson
Paul Dukas
Vincent d'Indy
Between the Mountain Air and d'Indy's Second: The Symphony at the Turn of the Century
Vincent d'Indy (continued)
Guy Ropartz
Charles Tournemire
Three Symphonists from the Conservatoire
Albéric Magnard

Bibliographic Overview

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