Sarofim School of Fine Arts

Musical Romanticism

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Music Professor publishes a historical dictionary detailing romantic music

John Michael Cooper is Professor of Music and holder of the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts. He has published articles on topics ranging from seventeenth-century performance practice to early twentieth-century aesthetics, as well as numerous editions with A-R Editions, Carus-Verlag, and Bärenreiter Urtext. His previous three books – all centering on the Mendelssohns – have been published by Routledge, Oxford University Press, and the University of Rochester Press.

His latest publication Historical Dictionary of Romantic Music provides detailed and authoritative articles for the most important composers, concepts, genres, music educators, performers, theorists, writings, and works of cultivated music in Europe and the Americas during the period 1789-1914. The roster of biographical entries includes not only canonical composers such as Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Fauré, Grieg, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Rossini, Schubert, Robert Schumann, Sibelius, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Wagner, and Wolf, but also less-well-known distinguished contemporaries of those composers (among them George Whitefield Chadwick, Cécile Chaminade, Ernesto Elorduy, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Fanny Hensel, C. H. Parry, and Clara Schumann, to name but a few). 

Like other volumes in this series, this book’s more than 500 entries are preceded by an introductory essay that explains the essential concepts necessary for understanding and exploring further the vast and complex musical landscape of Romanticism, plus a detailed Chronology. Concluding the volume is an extensive bibliography that lists the most important source-critical series of editions of Romantic music, important general writings on the period and its music, and composer-by-composer bibliographies. (Read more here.)