Fhs list A: Topics in Music History After 1750 Pastoral Idylls, National Anxieties: the Nineteenth-Century Symphony Daniel Grimley

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1. To what extent was the nineteenth-century symphony an Austro-German phenomenon?

2. How successful were nineteenth-century composers in addressing the ‘finale problem’ in their symphonic works?
3. Assess the importance of one of the following in relation to the development of the nineteenth-century symphony: a) counterpoint; b) programmaticism; c) landscape
4. To what extent can the nineteenth-century symphony be considered a popular genre?
1. Antiphonies. Schubert—Berlioz


Carl Dahlhaus, ‘The Symphony after Beethoven’, in Nineteenth-Century Music trans. J Bradford Robinson (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989), 152-60

Brian Newbould, ‘Schubert’, The Nineteenth-Century Symphony, ed. D Kern Holoman, 1-16

Schubert: Symphony in B Minor, ed. Martin Chusid (New York: Norton, 1968/71)

Berlioz: Fantastic Symphony, ed. Edward T. Cone (New York: Norton, 1971)

John M. Gingerich, ‘Unfinished Considerations: Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony in the Context of his Beethoven Project’, 19th Century Music 31/2 (Fall, 2007), 99-112

James Hepokoski, ‘Beethoven reception: the symphonic tradition’ in The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Music, ed. Jim Samson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 424-59

F. E. Kirby, ‘The Germanic Symphony of the Nineteenth Century: Genre, Form, Instrumentation, Expression’, Journal of Musicological Research 14/2 (1995), 193-221

Sanna Pederson, ‘On the Task of the Music Historian: The Myth of the German Symphony after Beethoven’, Repercussions 2/2 (1993), 5-30

Stephen Rodgers, Form, Programme and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Maynard Solomon, ‘Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony’, 19th Century Music 21/2 (Fall, 1997), 111-133

Richard Taruskin, ‘B minor Moods’, The Oxford History of Western Music (OHWM), vol. 3, ch. 2, 107-118

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