An exhilarating exploration of the musical language forms and styles of the Romantic period, "The Romantic Generation" captures the spirit that enlivened a generation of composers and musicians, and in doing so conveys the very sense of Romantic music. 728 musical examples.
How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Author: Richard Holmes
The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook in search of new worlds. Other voyages of discovery—astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical—swiftly follow in Richard Holmes's thrilling evocation of the second scientific revolution. Through the lives of William Herschel and his sister Caroline, who forever changed the public conception of the solar system; of Humphry Davy, whose near-suicidal gas experiments revolutionized chemistry; and of the great Romantic writers, from Mary Shelley to Coleridge and Keats, who were inspired by the scientific breakthroughs of their day, Holmes brings to life the era in which we first realized both the awe-inspiring and the frightening possibilities of science—an era whose consequences are with us still. BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Richard Holmes's Falling Upwards.
This new study draws on analysis, literary criticism, and source studies to propose a new conception of the nineteenth-century romantic cycle. Rather than a unified whole, the cycle is seen as a fragmentary and open-ended form, which enables Schumann to express the romantic themes of transcendence and ineffability in musical terms.
The Historical Dictionary of Romantic Music covers the history of this period through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 500 cross-referenced entries on the most important traditions, famous pieces, persons, places, technical terms, and institutions of Romantic music. This book is a vital reference tool for students and teachers of music history, students and teachers and above all for lovers of Romantic music.
Menhennet traces the main strands of thought and interest that preoccupy the Romantic writers: the revolutionary attitude that is differentiated from that of writers like Byron by the lack of emphasis on individualism; the dualism of the bourgeois world and the "inner self;" the interest in language as an agency for the regeneration of the German spirit; and the concentration on folk themes and the idea of Wanderung.
These essays are essentially an introduction for the anglophone reader to the philosophy behind early German romanticism - its epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and politics - and to show its relevance for the period's literature, criticism and aesthetics. --pref.