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This subject guide under construction from May 2021-
About This Guide
This reference guide points to key resources addressing the most significant aspects of 19th-century music in Europe and the Americas. Recent musicology has adopted the concept of the "long 19th century" developed by historians and literary critics to describe the progression of ideas between 1789 and 1914. For the ease of division, the PUL guides group Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with the Classical Period and referred to there.
19th-Century Music vs. Romantic Era:
Researchers of this period should note that current scholarship generally replaces the terms "Romantic Era," "Age of Romanticism," "Romantic Music," etc. with the century designation for the period: "19th-Century Music." Current catalogs and article databases generally use the latter term as a descriptor—but "Romanticism" and various derivatives are still common, especially in titles of books, journal articles, and encyclopedia entries, as this guide reveals.
Encyclopedic Overviews of the Period
Publication Date: July 2013
In Oxford Bibliographies: Music.
Subsections include: Survey Studies—"Other Arts"; "Social Issues"; "Historical Surveys"; "Genres"; & "Aesthetics"; "Nine 'Great' Romantic Composers"; "Musical Romanticism in France, Italy, Russia, and Elsewhere"; "Nationalisms"; "Styles"; "Analyzing Works of Musical Romanticism"; "Musical Post-Romanticism"; "Instruments, Orchestration, and Performance Practices."
Book Overviews of This Historical Period
Music in the Nineteenth Century by
Call Number: Reference (SV) ML196 .F75 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Examines the period from the Congress of Vienna in 1815 to the advent of Modernism in the 1890s. The book's central themes include middle-class involvement in music, the rich but elusive concept of Romanticism, the cult of virtuosity, and the ever-changing balance between musical and commercial interests.