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Keyboard instruments in eighteenth-century Vienna
Maunder, C. R. F.
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xi, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1470 Lexile.
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ML549 .M38 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Although eighteenth-century Viennese keyboard music, especially by such composers as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, is among the most popular ever written, there has been surprisingly little serious research into the instruments for which it was composed. Consequently myths and guesses abound,while accurate and reliable information is hard to come by. This book fills that gap. Based on evidence from primary source material, much of it previously undiscovered or neglected, Maunder traces the history and development of the various keyboard instruments available in Vienna throughout the eighteenth century--harpsichords, clavichords, and pianos--andtheir use by composers and performers. There are detailed descriptions of many surviving Viennese instruments, several of which have only recently come to light; contemporary newspaper advertisements for over 1200 keyboard instruments are reproduced, in the original German as well as in Englishtranslation; and an alphabetical list of eighteenth-century Viennese makers includes much newly-discovered biographical information as well as some previously unknown names.

Author Notes

Richard Maunder is at Christ's College, Cambridge.

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Examining in detail the history and development of 18th-century Viennese keyboard instruments, this companion volume to several others on particular instruments of particular periods does a comprehensive job and focuses on a narrow field. Maunder (Christ's College, Cambridge) examines extant instruments, explores Viennese newspapers and textbooks of the period, and extrapolates biographical information from death notices and musical information from private and commercial advertisements. Short chapters on terminology and instrument makers precede longer descriptions of instruments and some of the music written for them (this material takes up 130 pages). Maunder fills the balance of the volume with tables and appendixes containing detailed advertisements in both German and English and biographical information about instrument makers and about owners and sellers of instruments. Packed with facts about the existing keyboards for which Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven composed, this is a modest exercise in "micro-history," unfortunately at a "macro" price. For graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals. S. Glickman formerly, Franklin and Marshall College

Table of Contents

A note on Eighteenth-Century Viennese measures, currency, and addresses
1 Introduction
2 Terminology
3 Viennese Keyboard-Instrument Makers
4 Harpsichords, Spinets, and Clavichords
5 Fortepianos
6 Music and Instruments before 1770
7 Music and Instruments 1770-1800
8 Owners, Dealers, and Prices
Appendix 1 Advertisements for Keyboard Instruments 1721-1800
Appendix 2 Viennese Keyboard-Instrument Makers 1700-1800
Appendix 3 Owners and Sellers 1700-1800
Appendix 4 Advertisements for Keyboard Music 1725-84