Influence of European Literary and Artistic Representations of the “orient” on Western Orchestral Compositions, Ca. 1840-1920: From Oriental Inspiration to ‘exotic’ Orchestration

Author: Little, Jonathan David
This is the most comprehensive survey of the major sources of inspiration for Western composers who sought to infuse their musical works with an ‘Eastern’ flavor. The book discusses the aesthetic, philosophical, political , geographical, literary and
historical forces at work during the period. This book contains thirty-one black and white photographs and fifteen color photographs.


From the Foreword:
“In short, this study . . . is a valuable contribution in both understanding the development of the modern symphony orchestra, as well as the compositional approaches made by the many composers who have rewarded us today with some of the finest works in the orchestral repertoire.
– Prof. Craig De Wilde, Monash University

"... is a detailed yet accessible descriptive account of its subject, equally able to stand alone or as a partner to the author's second volume. ... it should serve very well indeed the undergraduate or the historically poled graduate, whether in music or literature, as well as the general reader and music lover." -Prof. Elizabeth Markham, University of Arkansas

Table of Contents

Associate Professor Craig De Wilde

PART ONE The Orient: ‘as image or as thought’

Chapter 1: Understanding the Retreat to the ‘Exotic’

Chapter 2: Defining the ‘Orient’

PART TWO The Historical Background

Chapter 3: Pilgrimages to the ‘Orient’
a) The Politics of the Middle East
b) Music and Musicians among ‘the splendour and havoc of the East’
c) En Espagne

Chapter 4: Sailor Musicians and Musical Travelogues

Chapter 5: Universal Expositions and the Inspiration of Contemporary Events

Chapter 6: Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes


Postscript Colour and Atmosphere
A guide to the lingua franca of Musical Orientalism An explanation of the fundamental ‘Eastern’ traits imitated by Western composers, including a list of the most characteristic formulae employed by them to create ‘Oriental’ atmospheres