'The project Bent has undertaken here is a large and admirable one, namely to demonstrate how musicians in the 19th century thought about and described music, and there are few people in this field who are better qualified to do this. Bent surveys the fascinating diversity of approaches to analysis of that century (ranging from the verbal, diagrammatic, tabular and notational to the graphic) and relates these to the equally manifold purposes for which analysis was then pursued ...' Brio
'These tightly-focused essays complement the considerable achievement of Ian Bent in bringing 19th-century music theory to the attention of musicology.' Julian Rushton, Musical Times
'... anyone working on the aesthetics of music, and indeed the history of aesthetics in general, will find much interesting and illuminating material here.' British Journal of Aesthetics
How did the Romantic era hear the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Berlioz? What did it make of the Eroica, the Fantastic Symphony, or the eerie song 'Der Doppelgänger'? From many different vantage points this volume addresses these fascinating questions. A group of brilliant young writers conducts a searching exploration of the way in which those living in the Romantic era thought about music. They bring to bear on their topic issues from politics, gender, metaphor, intersubjectivity, cognition, and many other realms.