Book Series Speculum musicae, vol. 35

Symphonism in Nineteenth-Century Europe

José Ignacio Suárez García, Ramón Sobrino (eds)

  • Pages: xiv + 484 p.
  • Size:210 x 260 mm
  • Language(s):English, Spanish, German
  • Publication Year:2020

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58643-4
  • Hardback
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This volume explores the complex world of European Symphonism in the 19th century.


José Ignacio Suárez García is Senior Lecturer in Musicology of the University of Oviedo. He has focused his research work on Wagner’s reception in Spain, being author of more than thirty works published.

Ramón Sobrino is Professor of Musicology at the University of Oviedo (Spain), where he has directed thirty-four doctoral theses. His main field of research is music analysis, with specialization in analytical methodologies, and Spanish music.


This volume deals, from multiple perspectives, with the complex world of European symphonism during the nineteenth century, a period in which it encompassed not only the creation of musical products and performances, but also significantly affected many compositional approaches, as well as aesthetic factors, such as the opposition between programme and absolute music. The emergence of the great symphony orchestras led to unprecedented types of professional interaction, and new forms of patronage. It also fostered the creation of a specific repertoire, and the construction of the first purpose-built concert halls. These developments originated in Europe at the beginning of the 19th century, in conjunction with the growth of music destined for increasing orchestral formations and the concert as a social phenomenon, available to the common public. About twenty authors discuss in this volume issues about analysis and musical creation, repertoire, musical aesthetics and criticism, orchestras and symphonic ensembles, musical performing venues, production system, consumption, entertainment system and the dissemination and reception of symphonic models in Europe. Through the work of Beethoven, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mahler, Strauss, among others, the volume addresses these and other aspects across the European geography and in different contexts: Spain, Italy, French, Portugal, United Kingdom, Northern Europe and Eastern Europe.


José Ignacio Suárez García – Ramón Sobrino Sánchez

Symphonic Works by Western European Composers

Christian Speck
Zum Orchester in Beethovens Symphonien
R. Larry Todd
«Und es soll wahrhaft kein Choral darin vorkommen»: On Mendelssohn’s Use of Chorales in His Symphonies
Virginia Whealton
Transformed Abruzzi: Harold en Italie, the récit de voyage, and French Romantic Visual Culture
James L. Zychowicz
Gustav Mahler’s Adagio Movements and His Evolving Symphonic Structures
Vadim Rakochi
Dramaturgical Functions of Solos in Richard Strauss’s Symphonic Poems

Johannes Brahms: A Case Study

George S. Bozarth
Brahms’s Symphonism
Jacquelyn Sholes
On Meaning in Brahms’s Symphonies
David Hurwitz
Dvo!ák’s Fifth Symphony: A Politically Incorrect Inspiration for Brahms’s Third?

National Approaches to Symphonic Literature

Marino Pessina
Le ‘Sinfonie’ giovanili di Antonio Bazzini: una ricognizione
Ramón Sobrino Sánchez
The Sociedad de Conciertos de Madrid (1866-1903) and the Unión Artístico-Musical (1877-1891): From the Reception to the Creation of a Symphonic Repertoire in Spain
Jeremy Dibble
The Last Symphonies of Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford: A Journey towards Structural Compression
Pauline Fairclough
Legacies of Romanticism in the early Soviet Symphony

Musical Performance Venues, Organizations, and Entertainment Systems

Francesco Esposito
The Concertante Symphony as ‘Musical Metaphor’: The Role of Orchestral Music in the Concert Practice of Liberal Lisbon (1822-1853)
Francesc Cortès
La orquesta del G. T. del Liceu de Barcelona: organización y funcionamiento en los conciertos sinfónicos de la segunda mitad del s. xix
Andrea García Torres
Los conciertos populares en el ámbito madrileño: la búsqueda de nuevos públicos y la urgencia por europeizar el sistema musical
Mia Löwengart
From a Bourgeois Concern to a Matter of Social Urgency: Legitimization and Institutionalization of Symphonic Music in Stockholm, 1890-1926

Musical Practices, Reception, and Criticism

Chloe Valenti
Pitched Battles? Vocal Health and the British Pitch Debate in the Late Nineteenth Century
José Ignacio Suárez García
Wagner en los conciertos sinfónicos: su recepción en Madrid en el siglo xix (1864-1901)
Stanislav Tuksar
The Issues of Programme and Absolute Music in the Writings of the Leading Croatian 19th-Century Musicologist Franjo Ksaver Kuha" (1834-1911)

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