The eighteenth century arguably boasts a more remarkable group of significant musical figures, and a more engaging combination of genres, styles and aesthetic orientations, than any century before or since, yet huge swathes of its musical activity remain under-appreciated. The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music provides a comprehensive survey, examining little-known repertories, works and musical trends alongside more familiar ones. Rather than relying on temporal, periodic and composer-related phenomena to structure the volume, it is organised by genre; chapters are grouped according to the traditional distinctions of music for the church, music for the theatre and music for the concert room that conditioned so much thinking, activity and output in the eighteenth century. A valuable summation of current research in this area, the volume also encourages readers to think of eighteenth-century music less in terms of overtly teleological developments than of interacting and mutually stimulating musical cultures and practices.
Simon P. Keefe is James Rossiter Hoyle Chair and Head of Music at the University of Sheffield.
Editor's preface Simon P. Keefe; Prelude: 1. The musical map of Europe c.1700 STEPHEN ROSE; Part I. Music for the Church: 2. Catholic church music in Italy, and the Spanish and Portuguese Empires PAUL R. LAIRD; 3. Catholic sacred music in Austria JEN-YEN CHEN; 4. Catholic church music in France JEAN-PAUL C. MONTAGNIER; 5. Lutheran church music STEPHEN ROSE; 6. Protestant church music in England and America CHARLES E. BREWER; Interlude; 7. Listening, thinking and writing DAVID SCHROEDER; Part II. Music for the Theatre: 8. Italian opera in the eighteenth century MARGARET R. BUTLER; 9. Opera in Paris from Campra to Rameau LOIS ROSOW; 10. An instinct for parody and a spirit for revolution: Parisian opera, 1752-1800 MICHAEL FEND; 11. German opera from Richard Keiser to Peter Winter CLAUDIA MAURER ZENCK, translated by Anke Caton and Simon P. Keefe; 12. The lure of aria, procession and spectacle: opera in eighteenth-century London MICHAEL BURDEN; 13. Music theatre in Spain RAINER KLEINERTZ; 14. Opera in Sweden GREGER ANDERSSON; Interlude; 15. Performance in the eighteenth century JOHN IRVING; Part III. Music for the Salon and Concert Room: 16. Keyboard music from Couperin to early Beethoven ROHAN STEWART-MACDONALD; 17. The Serenata in the eighteenth century STEFANIE TCHAROS; 18. Private music in public spheres: chamber cantata and song BERTA JONCUS; 19. Handel and English oratorio EVA ZOELLNER; 20. The Overture-Suite, Concerto Grosso and Harmoniemusik in the eighteenth century STEVEN ZOHN; 21. Concerto of the individual SIMON MCVEIGH; 22. Eighteenth-century symphonies: an unfinished dialogue RICHARD WILL; 23. The string quartet CLIFF EISEN; Postlude: 24. Across the divide: currents of musical thought in Europe, c.1790-1810 SIMON P. KEEFE; Appendix 1: Personalia DAVID BLACK; Appendix 2: Chronology DAVID BLACK; Appendix 3: Institutions in major European cities DAVID BLACK.