The free fantasia and the musical picturesque / Annette Richards.

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Main Author: Richards, Annette (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series:New perspectives in music history and criticism.
Online Access:Table of contents
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Summary:"This book explores the late eighteenth-century free fantasia and its relationship to the aesthetics of landscape and the picturesque. A crucial category across all the arts in the late eighteenth century, the picturesque has lost its currency in modern musical criticism, in spite of its rich potential to shed new light on the fantastical elements of instrumental music in general and the genre of the free fantasia in particular. Just as English garden architecture, in which the picturesque found its origins, was changing the landscape of continental Europe, the fantastical elements of irregularity, temporal displacement, ambiguity, interruption, and self-referentiality in the music of C.P.E.
Physical Description:xiii, 256 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 232-248) and index.