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date: 21 October 2020

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This chapter evaluates issues in the topical analysis of nineteenth-century music, paying close attention to the persistence of eighteenth-century topics in changed social and cultural-political contexts, the emergence and function of new topics after 1800, and attendant shifts in the values of pedagogy and musical listening. The article develops these issues in two analytical case studies: an investigation of the role topics play in Schumann’s reevaluation of the piano concerto, as embodied in the first movement of his Concerto Op. 54; and an analysis of the Finale of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 relating topical discourse to the work’s Viennese reception, as instantiated in the reviews of Eduard Hanslick, Gustav Dömpke, and Max Kalbeck.

Keywords: topic, piano concerto, symphony, Schumann, Bruckner, Formenlehre, Czerny, Dömpke, Hanslick, Kalbeck

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