The Birth of the Orchestra: History of an Institution, 1650-1815

Synopsis

This is the story of the orchestra: from 16th-century string bands to the 'classical' orchestra of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Spitzer and Zaslaw document orchestral organisation, instrument-ation, social roles, repertories, and performance practices in Europe and the American colonies, concluding around 1800 with the widespread awareness of the orchestra as a central institution in European life.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2004
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