Nineteenth-Century Music Criticism


edited by Teresa Cascudo, Turnhout, Brepols, 2017 (MCP, 3), pp. 500 ca.

The “long nineteenth century” encompasses what has been described by some authors as “newspaper civilization”. Music was fundamental for many men and women who lived during that century. Not surprisingly, at this time, music was a common theme in the press. On the one hand, news, chronicles and criticism played a central part in the musical market, since the success of that market was predicated on the dissemination of information about performers, musical events and new repertoires. On the other hand, as we have observed, the prominence of music opened the door to new types of critical reflection in longer essays. Writings about music in those years were the result of artistic aspirations and preferences; the same writings also present evidence of prejudices and modes of perception marked by specific ideological issues. This volume collects twenty-two articles that address these issues, focusing on case studies in Europe and America. The collection reflects the growing importance of music criticism in particular and the press in general as objects of study for contemporary musicology.

Teresa Cascudo (Universidad de La Rioja)

Teresa Cascudo is Tenured Lecturer at the Universidad de La Rioja, where she has coordinated coordinates the Master’s Degree in Musicology. The Academic Senate of the Universidad de La Rioja appointed her as University Ombudswoman in February 2016. She currently coordinates the SEdeM (Spanish Society of Musicology) group “Música y Prensa”, which was created at her initiative in 2013. She received her doctorate at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and she has focused many of her publications on the relationship between music and nationalism in Portugal. Her current research agenda is also devoted to musical criticism and to nationalism and musical national identity in fin-de-siècle Spain, in particular to the links between music, landscape and territory. Her forthcoming publications include a chapter devoted to modernism and fin-de-siècle in the Fondo de Cultura Económica series on History of Music in Spain and the edition of the volume on Nineteenth-Century Music Criticism that will be published in 2017 by Brepols, as a part of the series ‘Music, Criticism & Politics’.


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