Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838) is one of the many second-tier composers active in the early-nineteenth century who merged traditional formal models of the Classical era with the shifting musical language of the early-Romantic era. Ries's Swedish National Airs with Variations, composed in 1813, marks the origins of the concerted fantasy, a genre that blossomed in the early decades of the nineteenth century and persisted into the twentieth century. These one-movement works for soloist and orchestra feature unique hybrid formal models and borrow elements from fantasias, standard multi-movement solo concertos, and variation technique. An increasing interest in nationalism and exoticism during this era is apparent as concerted fantasies are often based on either national folk songs or borrowed melodies from operas. This study defines the musical elements of the concerted fantasy using Ries's Swedish Airs as a case study in an effort to build the framework for continued research within the genre.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
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