Romantic Music: A History of Musical Style in Nineteenth-Century Europe (The Norton Introduction to Music History)

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In this volume of the Norton Introduction to Music History series, Leon Plantinga explores the origins of Romanticism, leading the reader through the maze of genres and genuses that proliferated during the turbulent nineteenth century.Beginning with Beethoven's middle years, the author weaves a narrative in which major composers such as Schubert, Rossini, Liszt, Chopin, Berlioz, Schumann, Wagner, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Musorgsky are discussed in historical context. Professor Plantinga also places into clear focus slightly lesser figures such as Mendelssohn, Smetana, Dvorak, and others. In a final section that embraces Brahms, Mahler, Bruckner, Strauss, and Wolf, Plantinga rounds out this fascinating survey of the diverging movements and styles that constitute the Romantic century's legacy to the musical arts.

Product Details

  • Series: The Norton Introduction to Music History
  • Hardcover: 523 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (January 17, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393951960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393951967
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Swift, succint, and savory

One person found this helpful.
 on March 5, 2014
By Anthony Foust
The book is a beautiful glance at the Romantic period in music, and it reveals resources that would be great reading in the future. It got here quickly enough for me to benefit from it, and I would recommend it for professors, teachers, or music history buffs.

Book for Grad school

One person found this helpful.
 on March 18, 2013
By Katrina
We used this in our Graduate History class. It was quite informative and a lot of information. It is however a very dry read, and there are some unique opinions that you may or may not agree with.

but there’s a lot of good information here

 on September 20, 2015
By James Patterson
A little wordy, but there’s a lot of good information here.

but very tedious read. One of my preferred texts in grad …

 on July 8, 2014
By John Benton
Very informative, but very tedious read. One of my preferred texts in grad school.

An excellent textbook

10 people found this helpful.
 on July 24, 2005
By Noah I. Bassel
This was the book chosen by my professor for an undergraduate music history course, and I can safely say that it is an excellent textbook. Plantinga’s writing style is wonderfully clear and to the point, and well… respected musicologists become respected for a reason. Plantinga is one of the foremost authorities on 19th century music, and his knowledge and scholarship are extremely evident throughout the book. I would advise all music professors teaching 19th century music history courses to consider this textbook before all others.

Required for class

5 people found this helpful.
 on February 20, 2006
By S. Stevenson
I had to get this for my Graduate course. It is very informative and specific.

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