The Music of Joseph Joachim

October 2018
15 black and white, 214 line illustrations
532 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783272846
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AVH, 1DF, 2AB, 3JH
BISAC BIO004000, MUS006000

The Music of Joseph Joachim

Katharina Uhde

Hardback
9781783272846
$99.00
Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) was arguably the greatest violinist of the nineteenth century. But Joachim was also a composer of virtuoso pieces, violin concertos, orchestral overtures and chamber music works. Uhde's book will be the standard work on the music of Joseph Joachim for many years to come.
Joseph Joachim (1831-1907), of Jewish-Hungarian descent, was arguably the greatest violinist of the nineteenth century. His performing career in Berlin transformed the aesthetics and interpretation of German music. But Joachim was also a composer of virtuoso pieces, violin concertos, orchestral overtures, and chamber music works, all written between 1847 and 1864 in one intense outpouring of creativity.
Katharina Uhde follows Joachim's compositional path through a changing cultural milieu. Joachim's compositions display intimate knowledge of the works of Mendelssohn, Wagner, Liszt, Schumann, and Brahms, yet he was no mere imitator. Joachim's style, classically conceived yet seasoned with a preference for dark, melancholy soundscapes and, in the earlier years, ciphers, virtuosity, and 'psychological' programmaticism, emerges as the product of various personal and socio-cultural currents: his search for national, religious, and cultural identity and a mature compositional style.
Joachim's music drew on a wealth of treasures accumulated in his process of 'enculturation', which began with Mendelssohn in Leipzig. Joachim's aesthetic evolved from a deeply subjective approach, not insignificantly inspired by his muse, Gisela von Arnim. Her circle - the von Arnim and Grimm families - became Joachim's cultural and literary haven. But unforeseen events also impacted his output, among them Schumann's death, the ascent of the young Brahms, and the 'War of the Romantics'. Joachim's music throws light onto a vibrant decade, colored by realism, naturalism, new visual technologies, and emerging academic disciplines including psychology. Uhde's book will be the standard work on the music of Joseph Joachim for many years to come.

KATHARINA UHDE is Assistant Professor for Violin and Musicology at Valparaiso University, IN.

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Keywords: Music

Table of Contents

Introduction: Approaching the Music of Joseph Joachim
Virtuosity Uncoiled: Two Fantasies Re-discovered
From Leipzig to Weimar
Between Uncoiled Virtuosity and Lisztian Temptations
Finding his Voice: Between Vergangenheitsmusik and Zukunftsmusik
Joachim Encoded, or, 'Psychological Music'
'Psychological Music' Experienced and Remembered: Joachim and the Demetrius Plot in 1854 and 1876
Resisting the Dark Butterfly
Joachim and the Art of Variation
Identities: The Hungarian Concerto and Hebrew Melodies
Gisela von Arnim and Compositional Memories, or Ciphers in Disguise
Cultural Objects in a Prussian Society
Conclusion: an Assessment of Joachim's Style
Appendix: Joachim Catalogue of Works
Bibliography

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