William Sterndale Bennett: A Descriptive Thematic Catalogue

William Sterndale Bennett: A Descriptive Thematic Catalogue

William Sterndale Bennett: A Descriptive Thematic Catalogue

William Sterndale Bennett: A Descriptive Thematic Catalogue

Synopsis

Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816-75) was the leading English composer of the mid-nineteenth century. His music was highly regarded by Mendelssohn and Schumann, and was at one time widely played in Germany. The book presents a record of Bennett's total achievement for the first time and is aimed at both the general reader and the scholar. Each entry in the catalogue begins with a summary of the work's history, followed by detailed descriptions of all the authentic manuscript and printed sources with their locations, a list of important performances, references to the work in the composer's mostly unpublished diaries and correspondence, and a bibliography. An introduction sets the sources in their historical context, and there are appendices on Bennett's notebooks, the paper used in the autographs, the plate numbers in the printed music, and chronological and generic lists of all the works.
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