A history of key characteristics in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries /
Rita Steblin.
2nd ed.
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2002.
xiv, 408 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2002.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [373]-393) and indexes.
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This is a revised second edition of Dr. Steblin's important work on key characteristics, first published in 1983 by UMI Research Press and re-issued by the University of Rochester Press in 1996. The revision has been limited to a thorough correction and update of the material in the first edition, so as to not disrupt the content and organization, for which the book has been praised as a significant and noteworthy reference for both scholars and research students alike. The book discusses the extra-musical meanings associated with various musical keys by ancient Greek and medieval-renaissance theorists and inparticular composers and writers on music in the Baroque, Classical, and early Romantic periods. Chapters focus on Mattheson's extensive key descriptions from 1713, the Rameau-Rousseau and Marpurg-Kirnberger controversies regarding unequal versus equal temperaments, and C.F.D. Schubart's influential list based on the sharp-flat (bright-dark) principle of key-distinctions. Rita Katherine Steblin is a world-renowned music scholar, living and working in Vienna.
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A fully updated edition of the leading reference work on musical key characteristics during the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.
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Steblin's fully updated reference focuses on musical key characteristics during the baroque, classical, and romantic periods. (Music)
Table of Contents
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Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Ancient Greeks and the Doctrine of Ethosp. 13
The Medieval-Renaissance Modes and Their Affectsp. 18
The Transition from Modality to Tonality: Early French Key Characteristicsp. 29
Johann Mattheson and the Early Eighteenth-Century German Approach to Key Characteristicsp. 40
Rameau and Rousseau: Equal Temperament versus Unequal Temperamentp. 54
Marpurg versus Kirnberger: The Tuning Controversy in Germanyp. 73
Psychological Factors: The Sharp-Flat Principlep. 96
Physical Factors: The Properties of Instrumentsp. 129
Tradition and Key Characteristics in the Early Nineteenth Centuryp. 146
Conclusionp. 187
Notesp. 193
Catalogue of Characteristics Imputed to Keysp. 225
Original Language of Lengthy Key Descriptions: Mattheson, J. J. Wagner, Schrader, Schilling, Handp. 299
Original Language of Translated Excerptsp. 335
Bibliographyp. 373
Selected Recent Contributionsp. 390
Index of Namesp. 395
Index of Subjectsp. 401
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