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Nineteenth-Century Romanticism in Music (Prentice Hall History of Music Series)

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Paperback, Third Edition, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Prentice Hall (first published 1969)
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In my opinion Longyear gives Chopin short shrift (7 pages out of 367), and Chopin seems oddly situated in the chapter on Italian and French Romanticism (yes, he did most of his composing in France, but still...). I suspect Longyear thinks Chopin is a lesser composer because he wrote primarily for piano.

That aside, this was a surprisingly interesting and pleasurable read, encyclopedic for its relatively small size. It was like a survey course on 19th century Romantic composers. It's too bad it di
Sep 03, 2008 Garrett rated it liked it
The information is great, but the writing is atrocious. Longyear appears to have a thing for semicolons, colons, and they appear in virtually every sentence. These convolute his thoughts most of the time and verge on the point of the writing reading more like a series of lists rather than prose.
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