The Symphonic Repertoire, Volume I

The Symphonic Repertoire, Volume I

The Eighteenth-Century Symphony
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/16/2012
Format: Hardback 165 music exx.
ISBN: 978-0-253-35640-6
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Central to the repertoire of Western art music since the 18th century, the symphony has come to be regarded as one of the ultimate compositional challenges. In his five-volume series The Symphonic Repertoire, the late A. Peter Brown explores the symphony from its 18th-century beginnings to the end of the 20th century. In Volume 1, The Eighteenth-Century Symphony, 22 of Brown’s former students and colleagues collaborate to complete the work that he began on this critical period of development in symphonic history. The work follows Brown’s outline, is organized by country, and focuses on major composers. It includes a four-chapter overview and concludes with a reframing of the symphonic narrative. Contributors address issues of historiography, the status of research, and questions of attribution and stylistic traits, and provide background material on the musical context of composition and early performances. The volume features a CD of recordings from the Bloomington Early Music Festival Orchestra, highlighting the largely unavailable repertoire discussed in the book.

Author Bio

Mary Sue Morrow is Professor of Musicology at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and author of Concert Life in Haydn's Vienna and German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century.

Bathia Churgin is former chair and founder of the Musicology Department at Bar-Ilan University. She has edited numerous editions of 18th-century instrumental music that include historical and analytical essays.


“Central to the repertoire of Western art music since the 18th century, the symphony has come to be regarded as one of the ultimate compositional challenges. This five-volume series explores the symphony from its beginnings through the end of the 20th century. ”

“Highly recommended.”
 — Choice

“Overall, this is undoubtedly the finest coverage on eighteenth-century symphonic repertoire currently available, and research libraries worldwide will find it an absolute imperative to add to their collections.”
 — Music Reference Services Quarterly

“Mary Sue Morrow and Bathia Churgin have assembled and edited a superb collection of essays . . . The book is gratifyingly up to date, taking account of recently published research on sonata form, the galant style, and the early orchestra. Richly illustrated with musical examples, The Eighteenth-Century Symphony will be welcomed by students both of the genre and of the age that produced it.”
 — John A. Rice, Akademie für Mozart-Forschung, Salzburg

“The generous number of music examples and tables, advice on the best current editions, and suggestions for further reading give the book outstanding reference value…A treasure trove of information and commentary.”
 — Dean Sutcliffe , University of Auckland

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
I. Overview
1. Reclaiming the Eighteenth-Century Symphony Mary Sue Morrow
2. Historiography of the Eighteenth-Century Symphony Mary Sue Morrow
3. Eighteenth Century Viewpoints Mary Sue Morrow
4. Patrons and Practices Mary Sue Morrow
II. Italy
5. The Symphony in Italy Bathia Churgin
6. The Italian Opera Sinfonia Marita Petzoldt McClymonds
7. Antonio Brioschi Sarah Mandel-Yehuda
8. Giovanni Battista Sammartini Bathia Churgin
9. Luigi Boccherini Timothy Noonan
10. Gaetano Brunetti René Ramos
III. North Germany
11. The Symphony in North Germany Joanna Cobb Biermann
12. Johann Gottlob Harrer H. Todd Rober
13. Johan Agrell Jeannette Morgenroth
14. Johann Samuel Endler Joanna Cobb Biermann
15.Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Mary Sue Morrow
IV. South Germany
16. The Symphony in South Germany Sterling E. Murray
17. Joseph and Placidus von Camerloher Suzanne Forsberg
18. Johann Stamitz Jean K. Wolf
19. Carl Cannabich Jean K. Wolf
20. Antonio Rosetti Sterling E. Murray
V. Austrian Monarchy
21. The Symphony in the Austrian Monarchy Mary Sue Morrow
22. Georg Christoph Wagenseil Allan Badley
23. Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf Richard Will
24. Johann Michael Haydn Michael Ruhling
25. Karl von Ordonez Peter Alexander
26. Johann Baptist Wanhal Paul Robey Bryan
27. Ignaz Joseph Pleyel Allan Badley
VI. France
28. The Symphony in France Robert O. Gjerdingen
29. Louis-Gabriel Guillemain Judith L. Schwartz
30. François-Joseph Gossec Judith L. Schwartz
VII. Britain
31. The Symphony in Britain Simon McVeigh
32. Johann Christian Bach Adena Portowitz
VIII. The Periphery
33. The Symphony on the Periphery Bertil van Boer
34. Johan Helmich Roman Bertil van Boer
35. Joseph Martin Kraus Bertil van Boer
IX. Reflections
36. Sketch for a History of the Eighteenth-Century Symphonic Repertoire Mary Sue Morrow
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