Literary Sources of Nineteenth Century Musical Orientalism: The Hypnotic Spell of the Exotic on Music of the Romantic Period

Author: Little, Jonathan David
Year:2011
Pages:468
ISBN:0-7734-1553-X
978-0-7734-1553-9
Price:279.95
This volume is the first of its type to comprehensively survey the major sources of literary inspiration for western composers who sought to depict in their musical works on “Eastern” flavor.

Reviews

“Besides being a fine work of scholarship, this book is a pleasure to read. And this volume is the first of its type to survey so comprehensively the major sources of literary inspiration for western composers who sought to depict in their musical works an ‘Eastern’ flavor.” -Prof. Emer. Dolores M. Hsu, University of California, Santa Barbara

“This book is a ‘must read’ for Romantic Period scholars of both literary and music histories. It makes a fine complement to the author’s important previous volume.”-Prof. Craig De Wielde, University of Singapore

"... this volume is a huge resource ... but invaluable for both the student of literature and music (undergraduate and graduate) as well as for the music lover, alone for the vastness of the material it gathers together." -Prof. Elizabeth Markham, University of Arkansas

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword by Emeritus Professor Dolores M. Hsu

Prefatory Remarks and Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1: Oriental Dreams: The Romantic Outlook and 'Oriental' Literature

Chapter 2: Three Oriental Literary Sources:
a) The Bible
b) Salammbo
c) Lalla Rookh

Chapter 3: Arabian Nights

Chapter 4: Musical Instruments suggestive of the Ancient Orient

Appendix - Landmarks of Musical Orientalism
A selected chronological list of operatic and orchestral works with some relation to 'Oriental' themes

Bibliography

Index