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This article takes as its starting point the little-noted attempt of the composer Luigi Cherubini to become the new Esterházy Kapellmeister following Joseph Haydn's death. I use the episode as a prompt for a broad reconsideration of Haydn's reputation in the 1790s–1800s, and of what it meant to...
This article examines the communicative and interpretive significance of melodic embellishment in Beethoven's oeuvre, with a particular focus on multi-movement instrumental works from the period 1795–1824. Embellishment has received comparatively little attention in Beethoven studies; yet it...
Fryderyk Chopin's Polonaise in Ab Major, op. 53, is widely known as the “Heroic.” It's tempting to dismiss this seemingly generic title, which was not Chopin's. But what can notions of a “heroic polonaise,” taken from nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century contexts, do for our current...
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