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The New Grove Haydn (The Composer biography series) Hardcover – 1983


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Product Details

  • Series: The Composer biography series
  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393016811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393016819
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the early 1980s, Grove issued a "Composer Biography" series, with material taken from the first edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Likewise, these slim volumes are spin-offs of the second edition (LJ 3/15/01); consequently, the same new scholarship, fresh perspectives, and updated bibliographies that mark the NGII mark these books the first releases in the new series. For the first time, Stravinsky gets a title of his own. To some extent, the updates have been edited to appeal to a lay audience. For example, in the NGII article on Haydn, there is a section titled "Style, Aesthetics, and Compositional Method," which in the biography is reworded "Style and Method." In the NGII's coverage of Stravinsky, the dictionary section is titled "Posthumous Reputation and Legacy," but here it appears as "Then and Since." However, the texts themselves have not been dumbed down. Each book contains a works list, a bibliography, an index, and 12 pages of black-and-white illustrations (not seen); at press time, the publisher could not confirm whether the illustrations will be the same ones used in the NGII. As with the earlier editions, the work lists include page numbers where pieces are discussed in the text. Excellent for students and scholars, these manageable biographies are recommended for libraries where the earlier editions circulated well. Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland Libs., College Park
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Excellent for students and scholars, these manageable biographies are recommended... -- Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gene Hanson on March 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a concise, lucid, well written account of Haydn's life and career with a balanced assessment of his works and of his character. It contains a complete list of Haydn's works and a valuable bibliography for further reading and research. It is an excellent introduction to Haydn. Those wanting to learn more about Haydn's life and works will look elsewhere but will want this book for its listing of his works and its bibliography.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a useful and solid book for people who want accurate facts about Haydn's life and music. The lists at the end are extremely thorough and detailed. Those who are reading for pleasure will get more enjoyment out of Rosemary Hughes's book "Haydn" (out of print, but often available used), which shows a warmer sympathy for the composer and a better choice of revealing detail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
For the past several years, I have been enjoying listening to Haydn's symphonies, quartets, and oratorios and sharing my thoughts with readers here on Amazon. More recently, I have had the pleasure of hearing Jeno Jando's cycle of the Haydn piano sonatas and writing about the sonatas on this site in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death. I received valuable guidance in learning about a composer I love and about his piano sonatas from this short study, "The New Grove Haydn" by Jens Peter Larsen.

The book is one of a series of short biographies of the great composers taken from the 1980 edition of "The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians." As is pointed out in a short Preface, the book is shaped by its initial format as part of a dictionary. It is based upon the most current, for the time, and reliable scholarship about Haydn while aiming to avoid controversy or overly technical analysis. The book is short, well-organized, clearly written, and does not require formal musical training to understand. It includes a detailed bibliography, arranged by particular subjects (such as Haydn's life, his operas, his symphonies, piano sonatas, historical reputation, what have you) together with an extensive list (90 pages) of Haydn's compositions arranged by categories.

The text itself runs about 122 pages divided into seven chapters. The first five chapters are biographical and discuss what is known about Haydn's life from his early years, through his long association with the Esterhazys, to his two trips to London late in his career, and ending with his final years in Vienna. There is a short chapter on Haydn's personality, and a lengthy concluding chapter on Haydn's artistic development and accomplishment.
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