Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music
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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Musik
Why are some of the most beloved and frequently performed works of the late-romantic period—Mahler, Delius, Debussy, Sibelius, Puccini—regarded by many critics as perhaps not quite of the first rank? Why has modernist discourse continued to brand these works as overly sentimental and emotionally self-indulgent? Peter Franklin takes a close and even-handed look at how and why late-romantic symphonies and operas steered a complex course between modernism and mass culture in the period leading up to the Second World War. The style’s continuing popularity and its domination of the film music idiom (via work by composers such as Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and their successors) bring late-romantic music to thousands of listeners who have never set foot in a concert hall. Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music sheds new light on these often unfairly disparaged works and explores the historical dimension of their continuing role in the contemporary sound world.
late 19th century music, late romantic music, film music idiom, romantic period, english composer, early modern period, continued influence, finnish composer, bloch, claude debussy, contemporary music, giacomo puccini, italian opera, classical music, modernity, mass culture, ernest bloch lectures series, early 20th century music, gustav mahler, second world war, music, romantic composers, modernism, opera music, french composer, opera composer, johan julius christian sibelius, frederick delius