Annual Report 2001 - Cornell University
004 Selected Books by Faculty

08 Annette Richards, Music

The Free Fantasia and the Musical Picturesque (Cambridge University Press, 2001). Richards explores the late-eighteenth-century free fantasia and its relationship to the aesthetics of landscape and the picturesque. She examines the ways in which musical fantasy relied on concepts borrowed from the art of the landscape garden, for example. She shows how the surprising disjunction of musical fantasies—improvisations and their composed imitations—were legitimated and justified via the aesthetics of the picturesque. The picturesque's characteristic obsession with variety, intricacy, and sudden interruptions provided late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century commentators with a richly productive analogy for the free fantasia.

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