van Boer, Bertil H. Jr. Books

Dramatic Cohesion in the Music of Joseph Martin Kraus From Sacred Music to Symphonic Form
1990 0-88946-440-5
Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792), Kappellmeister to Gustavus III of Sweden, developed a unique style which embodied the application of Sturm und Drang principles to his works. The author seeks to prove how this style infiltrated many of Kraus's other musical endeavors, creating pieces that were favorably compared to Mozart's and were far ahead of their time in technique.

Gustav III and the Swedish Stage Opera, Theatre, and Other Foibles
1993 0-7734-9314-X
Contains some of the latest contributions to Gustavian studies, both interdisciplinary and intuitive in approach. The first section contains articles surrounding the modern premiere of Joseph Martin Kraus's "Turkish" opera Soliman II in 1989. The articles show different perspectives as seen from each of the participants and gives unusual and penetrating insight into the artistic problems inherent in the revival of the 200-year-old work. The second section is more generalized and more scholarly -- contributions from the research of musicologists, dance historians, literary historians. The third section is devoted to a brief aesthetical perspective of Gern Schönfelder on cognitive intuition, which delineates the perceptive qualities of music. Contributors include Jacqueline Martin, Martin Tegen, Barbro Stribolt, Lennart Hedwall, Gunnar Larsson, and Newell Jenkins.