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Fantasies of Improvisation

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The first history of keyboard improvisation in European music in the postclassical and romantic periods, Fantasies of Improvisation: Free Playing in Nineteenth-Century Music documents practices of improvisation on the piano and the organ, with a particular emphasis on free fantasies and other forms of free playing. Case studies of performers such as Abbé Vogler, J. N. Hummel, Ignaz Moscheles, Robert Schumann, Carl Loewe, and Franz Liszt describe in detail the motives, intentions, and musical styles of the nineteenth century's leading improvisers. Grounded in primary sources, the book further discusses the reception and valuation of improvisational performances by colleagues, audiences, and critics, which prompted many keyboardists to stop improvising. Author Dana Gooley argues that amidst the decline of improvisational practices in the first half of the nineteenth century there emerged a strong and influential "idea" of improvisation as an ideal or perfect performance. This idea, spawned and nourished by romanticism, preserved the aesthetic, social, and ethical values associated with improvisation, calling into question the supposed triumph of the "work."


Dana Gooley is Associate Professor of Music at Brown University. His research centers on European music and musical culture in the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on performance, reception, and criticism. A specialist of Franz Liszt, he has published The Virtuoso Liszt (Cambridge, 2004) and co-edited two essay collections, Franz Liszt and His World (Princeton, 2006) and Franz Liszt: Musicien Européen (Editions Vrin, 2012). He has also published articles on music criticism, musical mediation, improvisation, cosmopolitanism, and jazz. Gooley studied classical piano at New England Conservatory and is a self-taught jazz pianist. With his quintet he hosts the Sunday night jam session at Boston's historic jazz club Wally's Café.


Prelude: The Virtue of Improvisation Chapter 1: The School of Abbé Vogler: Weber and Meyerbeer Chapter 2: The Kapellmeister Network and the Performance of Community: Hummel, Moscheles, and Mendelssohn Chapter 3: Carl Loewe's Performative Romanticism Chapter 4: Schumann and the Economization of Musical Labor Chapter 5: Liszt and the Romantic Rhetoric of Improvisation Chapter 6: Improvisatoriness: The Regime of the Improvisation Imaginary Postlude: Improvisation and Utopia


Titel: Fantasies of Improvisation
Untertitel: Free Playing in Nineteenth-Century Music
EAN: 9780190633592
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Hersteller: Oxford University Press
Genre: Musik
Anzahl Seiten: 256
Veröffentlichung: 15.05.2018
Dateigrösse: 21.1 MB