Central to the repertoire of Western art music since the 1700s, the symphony has come to be regarded as one of the ultimate compositional challenges.
In his series The Symphonic Repertoire, the late A. Peter Brown explored the symphony in Europe from its origins into the 20th century. In Volume V, Brown's former students and colleagues continue his vision by turning to the symphony in the Western Hemisphere. It examines the work of numerous symphonists active from the early 1800s to the present day and the unique challenges they faced in contributing to the European symphonic tradition. The research adds to an unmatched compendium of knowledge for the student, teacher, performer, and sophisticated amateur.
This much-anticipated fifth volume of The Symphonic Repertoire: The Symphony in the Americas offers a user-friendly, comprehensive history of the symphony genre in the United States and Latin America.
Brian Hart is Professor of Music History at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of "The French Symphony after Berlioz: From the Second Empire to the First World War" in Volume 3B of The Symphonic Repertoire. He has written and presented on various topics relating to French symphonic music and culture including Vincent d'Indy's influence on French symphonic development, Debussy and the symphony, the French organ symphony, the symphonies of Arthur Honegger, and competing cultural and political interpretations of the symphony in fin de siècle France. He is the author of entries on César Franck, Arthur Honegger, Vincent d'Indy, Albert Roussel, and Ernest Chausson for Oxford Bibliographies Online.
"A masterful and elegantly written history of the symphony and symphonic repertory throughout the Americas, from the colonial period to the present, in Spanish-, Portuguese-, and English-speaking countries, including coverage of the symphony in Canada. Volume editor Brian Hart and his group of leading experts give a comprehensive treatment of the genre showing how composers from throughout the western hemisphere have put their own individual stamp on the form over the centuries. The Symphony in the Americas is an outstanding achievement and a magnificent addition to the late A. Peter Brown's multi-volume series The Symphonic Repertoire."—John Koegel, author of Music in German Immigrant Theater