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Cultivating String Quartets in Beethoven’s Vienna
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268 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

15 b/w. 28 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

Cultivating String Quartets in Beethoven's Vienna

by Nancy November

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The first detailed contextual study of chamber music in Beethoven's Vienna, at a time when the string quartet reigned supreme among the different chamber genres
This book is the first detailed contextual study of string quartets in Beethoven's Vienna, at a time when that genre reigned supreme among the different chamber genres. Focusing on a key transition period in the early nineteenth century, which bore witness to fundamental shifts in the 'private' sphere of music-making, it explores the 'cultivation' of string quartets by composers, critics, listeners, performers, publishers and patrons. The book highlights these parties' interactions, ideas and ideals, which were central to defining the unique cultures of chamber music arising at this time.
We gain fresh insights into publishing and marketing, performance venues and practices, review culture, listening theories and practices, and composition in early nineteenth-century Vienna. Until now, the unique theatricality of chamber music, and the 'social' nature of its discourse, has been poorly appreciated. Cultivating String Quartets in Beethoven's Vienna addresses this misconception and enriches our understanding of this crucial period of change, in which concert life began and previously 'private' music was moved out onto the stage.

NANCY NOVEMBER is Associate Professor in Musicology at the University of Auckland.
Introduction
Defining Chamber Music in the Early Nineteenth Century
Celebrating Haydn, Cultivating Opera
Selling String Quartets in Beethoven's Vienna
Locating String Quartets in Beethoven's Vienna
Early Nineteenth-Century Performance and Criticism
Sociability, Showmanship, and Study: 'Quartet Friends'
The String Quartet and the Listener
Schubert's Song, Beethoven's Theatricality
Epilogue: Constructing 'Viennese Chamber Music'
Bibliography
"A solid, well-researched study of an important genre during a crucial period in its history." THE NORTHERN MARINER/LE MARIN DU NORD
"November's study of earlier nineteenth-century Vienna shows us above all a richly varied, often uncategorisable, musical and social culture founded to a significant degree on sheer pleasure, combining the sensual, the sociable, and the intellectual. It has much to offer musicologists, performers, and Liebhaber und Liebkenner." BRIO

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Title Details

268 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

15 b/w. 28 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press