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The cambridge companion to Haydn
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

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xx, 318 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Cambridge companions to music
Haydn in context. Haydn's career and the idea of the multiple audience / Elaine Sisman. A letter from the wilderness : revisiting Haydn's Esterhazy environments / Rebecca Green. Haydn's aesthetics / James Webster. First among equals : Haydn and his fellow composers / David Wyn Jones -- Stylistic and interpretive contexts. Haydn and humor / Scott Burnham. Haydn's exoticisms : "difference" and the Enlightenment / Matthew Head -- Genres. Orchestral music : symphonies and concertos / David Schroeder. The quartets / Mary Hunter. Intimate expression for a widening public : the keyboard sonatas and trios / Michelle Fillion. Sacred music / James Dack. The sublime and the pastoral in The creation and The seasons / James Webster. Miscellaneous vocal genres / Katalin Komlós. Haydn in the theatre : the operas / Caryl Clark -- Performance and reception. A composer, his dedicatee, her instrument, and I : thoughts on performing Haydn's keyboard sonatas / Tom Beghin. Haydn and posterity : the long nineteenth century / James Garrett. The kitten and the tiger : Tovey's Haydn / Lawrence Kramer. Recorded performances : a symphonic study / Melanie Lowe.
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This Companion provides an accessible and up-to-date introduction to the musical work and cultural world of Joseph Haydn. Readers will gain an understanding of the changing social, cultural, and political spheres in which Haydn studied, worked, and nurtured his creative talent. Distinguished contributors provide chapters on Haydn and his contemporaries, his working environments in Eisenstadt and Eszterhaza, and humor and exoticism in Haydn's oeuvre. Chapters on the reception of his music explore keyboard performance practices, Haydn's posthumous reputation, sound recordings and images of his symphonies. The book also surveys the major genres in which Haydn wrote, including symphonies, string quartets, keyboard sonatas and trios, sacred music, miscellaneous vocal genres, and operas composed for Eszterhaza and London.

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Cambridge has released some 20 companions to composers (though not yet Robert Schumann, Gustav Mahler, or Richard Strauss). The present volume includes 17 essays by 16 authors, 4 of whom have published books on Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). A chronology at the beginning includes almost every year of the composer's adult life, beginning with the 1760s, and continues with significant Haydn publications and performances up to 1993. Clark presents the essays in four sections: "Haydn in Context" (which includes a summary of Haydn's life by Clark), "Stylistic and Interpretive Contexts," "Genres," and "Performance and Reception." The contributors (Clark among them) discuss both well-known works and those that have received less attention: for example, symphony no. 78 is discussed along with nos. 82-87, the better-known Paris Symphonies. Coverage of genres is balanced, with chapters on symphonies and concertos, quartets, keyboard sonatas and trios, saved music, oratories, songs, and operas. The book concludes with endnotes and extensive bibliographic references. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. R. Smith Rhode Island College

Table of Contents

Elaine SismanRebecca GreenJames WebsterDavid Wyn JonesScott BurnhamMatthew HeadDavid SchroederMary HunterMichelle FillionJames DackJames WebsterKatalin KomlosCaryl ClarkTom BeghinJames GarrettLawrence KramerMelanie Lowe
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Preface and acknowledgmentsp. xi
Chronology of Haydn's life and careerp. xiii
List of abbreviationsp. xix
Part I Haydn in context
1 Haydn's career and the idea of the multiple audiencep. 3
2 A letter from the wilderness: revisiting Haydn's Esterhazy environmentsp. 17
3 Haydn's aestheticsp. 30
4 First among equals: Haydn and his fellow composersp. 45
Part II Stylistic and interpretive contexts
5 Haydn and humorp. 61
6 Haydn's exoticisms: "difference" and the Enlightenmentp. 77
Part III Genres
7 Orchestral music: symphonies and concertosp. 95
8 The quartetsp. 112
9 Intimate expression for a widening public: the keyboard sonatas and triosp. 126
10 Sacred musicp. 138
11 The sublime and the pastoral in The Creation and The Seasonsp. 150
12 Miscellaneous vocal genresp. 164
13 Haydn in the theater: the operasp. 176
Part IV Performance and reception
14 A composer, his dedicatee, her instrument, and I: thoughts on performing Haydn's keyboard sonatasp. 203
15 Haydn and posterity: the long nineteenth centuryp. 226
16 The kitten and the tiger: Tovey's Haydnp. 239
17 Recorded performances: a symphonic studyp. 249
Notesp. 264
Bibliographyp. 292
Indexp. 311