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Ernest Bloch Lectures #15: The Secular Commedia: Comic Mimesis in Late Eighteenth-Century Music

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“This book is rich, beautifully written, and comprehensive. It is both an expression of Wendy Allanbrooks lifework and a position statement on the meaning, importance, and proper approach to the music of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Kudos to Mary Ann Smart and Richard Taruskin for helping this book see the light of day.”

Mary Hunter, author of The Culture of Opera Buffa in Mozart's Vienna

The Secular Commedia is a formidably informed pledge to the teeming surface of Classic music, to ethos as action, to mimesis as mainspring, and to the vernacular glories of the Western comic spirit. Ringing changes on centuries of cultural history, Allanbrook sounds the full resonant plenitude of her argument.”

Scott Burnham, author of Mozarts Grace

The Secular Commedia offers a game-changing account of later eighteenth-century instrumental music. Focusing on topics—musical gestures packed with historical and stylistic meaning—Wye Jamison Allanbrook opens up entirely new perspectives on musical variation, performance, notions of voice and embodiment, and more. Her discussion of eighteenth-century aesthetics and pedagogy, as well as their classical antecedents, is equally original and provocative. This book has the potential to shift the very foundations of scholarship on Haydn and Mozart.”

Richard Will, author of The Characteristic Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Beethoven

Synopsis:

Wye Jamison Allanbrooks The Secular Commedia is a stimulating and original rethinking of the music of the late eighteenth century. Hearing the symphonies and concertos of Haydn and Mozart with an ear tuned to operatic style, as their earliest listeners did, Allanbrook shows that this familiar music is built on a set of mimetic associations drawn from conventional modes of depicting character and emotion in opera buffa. Allanbrook mines a rich trove of writings by eighteenth-century philosophers and music theorists to show that vocal music was considered aesthetically superior to instrumental music and that listeners easily perceived the theatrical tropes that underpinned the style. Tracing Enlightenment notions of character and expression back to Greek and Latin writings about comedy and drama, she strips away preoccupations with symphonic form and teleology to reveal anew the kaleidoscopic variety and gestural vitality of the musical surface. In prose as graceful and nimble as the music she discusses, Allanbrook elucidates the idiom of this period for contemporary readers. With notes, musical examples, and a foreword by editors Mary Ann Smart and Richard Taruskin.

About the Author

Wye Jamison Allanbrook was Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Rhythmic Gesture in Mozart.

Mary Ann Smart is Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Mimomania: Music and Gesture in Nineteenth-Century Opera.

Richard Taruskin is Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of many books on Russian and Western music, including the six-volume Oxford History of Western Music.

 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Mary Ann Smart and Richard Taruskin

1. Comic Flux and Comic Precision

2. Comic Voice in the Late Mimetic Period

3. The Comic Surface

4. Comic Finitude and Comic Closure

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520274075
Author:
Allanbrook, Wye Jamison
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Smart, Mary Ann
Author:
Taruskin, Richard
Subject:
Classical
Subject:
Music - Classical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Ernest Bloch Lectures
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 music examples
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

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Wye Jamison Allanbrooks The Secular Commedia is a stimulating and original rethinking of the music of the late eighteenth century. Hearing the symphonies and concertos of Haydn and Mozart with an ear tuned to operatic style, as their earliest listeners did, Allanbrook shows that this familiar music is built on a set of mimetic associations drawn from conventional modes of depicting character and emotion in opera buffa. Allanbrook mines a rich trove of writings by eighteenth-century philosophers and music theorists to show that vocal music was considered aesthetically superior to instrumental music and that listeners easily perceived the theatrical tropes that underpinned the style. Tracing Enlightenment notions of character and expression back to Greek and Latin writings about comedy and drama, she strips away preoccupations with symphonic form and teleology to reveal anew the kaleidoscopic variety and gestural vitality of the musical surface. In prose as graceful and nimble as the music she discusses, Allanbrook elucidates the idiom of this period for contemporary readers. With notes, musical examples, and a foreword by editors Mary Ann Smart and Richard Taruskin.
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