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Author Weber, William, 1940-

Title The great transformation of musical taste : concert programming from Haydn to Brahms / William Weber.

Published New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2008]


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Physical description xv, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-319) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Miscellany and Collegiality, 1750-1800 -- 1. Concepts and contexts -- 2. Variations on miscellany -- Pt. II. Crisis and Experiment, 1800-1848 -- 3. Musical idealism and the crisis of the old order -- 4. The rise of the chamber music concert -- 5. Convention and experiment in benefit and virtuoso concerts -- 6. Toward classical repertory in orchestral concerts -- 7. Promenade concerts: rise of the "pops" -- Pt. III. Founding a New Order, 1848-1875 -- 8. Classical music achieves hegemony -- 9. Vocal music for the general public -- Epilogue: the state of the musical community in 1914.
Summary "Grounded in knowledge of thousands of programs, this book examines how musical life in London, Paris, Leipzig, Vienna, Boston, and other cities underwent a fundamental transformation in relationship with movements in European political life. William Weber traces how musical taste evolved in European concert programs from 1750 to 1875, as separate worlds arose around classical music and popular songs. In 1780 a typical program accommodated a variety of tastes through a patterned "miscellany" of genres, held together by diplomatic musicians. This framework began weakening around 1800 as new kinds of music appeared, from string quartets to quadrilles to ballads, which could not easily coexist on the same programs. Utopian ideas and extravagant experiments influenced programming as ideological battles were fought over who should govern musical taste. More than a hundred illustrations or transcriptions of programs enable readers to follow Weber's analysis in detail."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Concerts -- Europe -- History -- 19th century.
Concerts -- Europe -- History -- 18th century.
Music -- Social aspects -- History -- 19th century.
Music -- Social aspects -- History -- 18th century.
ISBN 9780521882606 (hardback)