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Chamber Music
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Intended for the music student, the professional musician, and the music lover, Chamber Music: An Essential History covers repertoire from the Renaissance to the present, crossing genres to include string quartets, piano trios, clarinet quintets, and other groupings. Mark A. Radice gives a thorough overview and history of this long-established and beloved genre, typically performed by groups of a size to fit into spaces such as homes or churches and tending originally toward the string and wind instruments rather than percussion. Radice begins with chamber music's earliest expressions in the seventeenth century, discusses its most common elements in terms of instruments and compositional style, and then investigates how those elements play out across several centuries of composers- among them Mozart, Bach, Haydn, and Brahms- and national interpretations of chamber music. While Chamber Music: An Essential History is intended largely as a textbook, it will also find an audience as a companion volume for musicologists and fans of classical music, who may be interested in the background to a familiar and important genre.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. The Nature of Early Chamber Music
  2. pp. 5-23
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  1. 2. The Crystallization of Genres during the Golden Age of Chamber Music
  2. pp. 24-54
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  1. 3. Classical Chamber Music with Wind Instruments
  2. pp. 55-61
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  1. 4. The Chamber Music of Beethoven
  2. pp. 62-82
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  1. 5. The Emergence of the Wind Quintet
  2. pp. 83-89
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  1. 6. Schubert and Musical Aesthetics of the Early Romantic Era
  2. pp. 90-101
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  1. 7. Prince Louis Ferdinand and Louis Spohr
  2. pp. 102-113
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  1. 8. Champions of Tradition: Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms
  2. pp. 114-170
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  1. 9. Nationalism in French Chamber Music of the Late Romantic Era: Franck, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, and Ravel
  2. pp. 171-188
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  1. 10. National Schools from the Time of Smetana to the Mid-Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 189-208
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  1. 11. Nationalism and Tradition: Schoenberg and the Austro-German Avant-Garde
  2. pp. 209-223
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  1. 12. The Continuation of Tonality in the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 224-244
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  1. 13. Strictly Confidential: The Chamber Music of Dmitri Shostakovich
  2. pp. 245-262
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  1. 14. Two Fugitives from the Soviet Bloc: György Ligeti and Karel Husa
  2. pp. 263-273
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  1. 15. Benchmarks: Chamber Music Masterpieces since circa 1920
  2. pp. 274-296
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  1. Table of Chamber Pieces According to Ensemble Size
  2. pp. 297-314
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 315-344
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 345-375
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