An analysis of Beethoven's seminal Ninth Symphony identifies it as a key cultural event that reflected major social upheavals, including the emergence of a dynamic Western world and changes in philosophical perspectives on individuality
This book considers the nature of nineteenth-century instrumental music by investigating three sets of etudes by Liszt. It explores central concerns such as a composer-performer culture, the concept of virtuosity, the significance of recomposition, music and the poetic, and the consolidation of a musical work-concept.
Griffiths then moves the book into the twenty-first century as he examines highly influential composers like Philip Glass and Pierre Boulez as well as such topics as "Modernist Continuation" and "Music and the Internet."
Romantic Anatomies of Performance is concerned with the very matter of musical expression. J. Q. Davies examines how key musicians and their contemporaries made sense of extraordinary musical and physical abilities.
Focusing on the classical repertoire from Beethoven to Shostakovich and also discussing jazz, popular music, and film and television music, Musical Meaning uncovers the historical importance of asking about meaning in the lived experience of musical works, styles, and performances.