Table of Contents:
  • Paradise lost: Dittersdorf's Four ages of the world and the crisis of Austrian enlightened despotism
  • Preaching without words: reform Catholicism versus divine mystery in Haydn's Seven last words
  • Boundaries of the art: characteristic music in contemporary criticism and aesthetics
  • Paradise regained: time, morality, and humanity in Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
  • Making memories: symphonies of war, death, and celebration
  • Appendixes: 1. Thematic index of characteristic symphonies
  • Pastoral symphonies and movements
  • Symphonies and movements by subject.