This is the first comprehensive overview of instrumental chamber music from the 16th century to the present. There are comparisons of different genres, composers, and periods. Situations for chamber music at different moments in history are brought into a continuum, and all aspects of chamber music are placed into perspective. A History of the Idea of Chamber Music is chronologically organized at the most general level. Beyond that, national schools figure prominently, as well as genres and personalities. Throughout this book the composition of chamber music, the performance of chamber music, and the social, economic, political, and aesthetic conditions for chamber music have been considered per se and as they interact. (From the Introduction)
John H. Baron
A native of Milwaukee, Baron grew up on chamber music as a listener and as a performer. He studied violin with his mother, Bernice Singer (a pupil of Korguyev) and later with Ruth Posselt, Alexander Schneider, and Charlotte Chambers. He turned to musicology while studying at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, and after teaching briefly in California has been a professor of music at Tulane University in New Orleans since 1969. He holds the Schawe Professorship. He is the author of Chamber Music: A Research and Information Guide (3rd ed. 2010), Baroque Music (1993), Acta Musicologica, Music in Jewish History and Culture (2006), and Concert Music in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (forthcoming Fall 2013), and has numerous articles on music in The Musical Quarterly, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Current Musicology, American Music, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Grove Dictionary, Musica Judaica, Oxford On-Line (“Chamber Music”), and in various Festschriften. He is also the editor of Piano Music from New Orleans 1851-1898 (1980); Obras Completas de Cristobal Galán, 11 volumes (1982-2007); The Brasov Tablature (Brasov Music Manuscript 808): German Keyboard Studies 1680-1684, in Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, vol. xl (1982); and Spanish Solo Art Song in the Seventeenth Century (1985).