Luigi Cherubini: A Multifaceted Composer at the Turn of the 19th Century

edited by Massimiliano Sala, Turnhout, Brepols, 2020 (Studies on Italian Music History, 14), pp. x+494, ISBN 978-2-503-59100-1.


The present volume has been made possibile with assistance from

Fondation Internationale Luigi Cherubini / Den Internationale Luigi Cherubini-Fond Denmark

Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française


This volume investigates the figure of Luigi Cherubini, with the aim of providing a picture of the various faces that a composer and his output could present to European society at the turn of the nineteenth century.

A society in which the composer, no longer tied to a patron or a court, tried to integrate himself as a participant in the labor market by finding new, coexisting forms of subsistence, thereby becoming a pre-eminent figure in the industrial and commercial world of the time.

Additionally, the volume aims to deepen understanding of the composer’s output in light of the political and social upheavals that took place during his long life, from French Revolution to the threshold of the Springtime of the People.

Massimiliano Sala is currently Vice President of the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini and President of the Italian Institute of Applied Musicology. Graduated in musicology from the University of Pavia (Italy), he received a M.Mus in piano from the Conservatory of Cesena. He is President of the Italian National Edition of Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s Complete Works, and member of the Board of the Italian National Edition of Muzio Clementi’s Complete Works (Secretary Treasurer) and the Italian National Edition of Luigi Boccherini’s Complete Works. He is also a founder of Ad Parnassum. A Journal on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental MusicGeneral Editor of the series ‘Contemporary Composers’, ‘Music, Science and Technology’ (Brepols Publishers) and Quaderni Clementiani (Ut Orpheus Edizioni), and member of the editorial committee of the series Boccherini Studies (Ut Orpheus Edizioni), His publications include books, critical editions, journal articles and book chapters on eighteenth- to twentieth-centuries music, dictionary entries for Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart 2 and Oxford Bibliographies Online (OUP).

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