Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds (Ernest Bloch Lectures)

Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds (Ernest Bloch Lectures)


Why are the most cherished and often played works of the late-romantic period—Mahler, Delius, Debussy, Sibelius, Puccini—regarded through many critics as might be no longer relatively of the 1st rank? Why has modernist discourse persevered to model those works as overly sentimental and emotionally self-indulgent? Peter Franklin takes a detailed and even-handed examine how and why late-romantic symphonies and operas urged a posh path among modernism and mass tradition within the interval major as much as the second one international battle. The style’s carrying on with attractiveness and its domination of the movie track idiom (via paintings via composers resembling Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and their successors) deliver late-romantic song to millions of listeners who've by no means set foot in a live performance corridor. Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music sheds new gentle on those usually unfairly disparaged works and explores the old size in their carrying on with position within the modern sound world.

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