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A History of the Symphony


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PART I: THE CLASSICAL SYMPHONY / Chapter 1 - Origins of the Genre: From Pergolesi to Early Haydn / Pergolesi and the Italian Sinfonia / Stamitz and the Mannheim School; C.P.E. Bach and the Empfindsam Stil / Early Haydn / Chapter 2 - Maturation of the Genre: Haydn and Mozart / Haydn: From Servant to Entrepreneur / The Genius of Mozart / Chapter 3 - From Classicism to Romanticism / Beethoven and the Destruction of the Classical Style / Schubert and the First Signs of Romanticism / PART II: THE ROMANTIC SYMPHONY / Chapter 4 - The Romantic Generation: Tradition vs. the Avant-garde / Berlioz and the Romantic Revolution / Mendelssohn's Classical Romanticism / Tradition and Innovation in the Symphonies of Schumann / The Janus Face of Brahms / Liszt and the Symphonic Avant-garde / Chapter 5 - Musical Nationalism: Eastern Europe and Russia / The Politics of Nationalism in the Symphonies of Smetana and Dvorak / The "Mighty Five" and Tchaikovsky / Chapter 6 - The Late Romantic Symphony: Mahler and Strauss / Mahler as "Song-symphonist" / Strauss and the Tome Poem / PART III: THE SYMPHONY IN THE MODERN ERA / Chapter 7 - The Early 20th Century / Debussy and the Transition to the Modern Era / The Unique Path of Sibelius / Chapter 8 - Masters of the 20th Century: From Ives to Shostakovich / Ives as Symphonic Iconoclast / Prokofiev and the Neo-Classical Style / The Changing Symphonic Face of Stravinsky / Hindemith and the Nazis / The Enigma of Shostakovich / Chapter 9 - Contemporary Views of the Symphony / 20th-Century Reinterpretations of the Symphony: Messiaen, Penderecki, and Lutoslawski / Post-modern Symphonies and Gender Issues

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Jeffrey Langford is Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, NY.

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