This is an interesting survey of 18th-century musical topoi that fall under the rubrics of Sturm und Drang, ombra, and Empfindsamer Stil, among others. These topoi are characterized by the use of minor keys, rapid rhythmic pulsations, rapid changes in dynamics, and the attempted musical depiction of heightened emotional states and storms in instrumental, vocal, and musicodramatic forms. McClelland (Univ. of Leeds, UK) does a very good job of summarizing the work that has been done previously by American and Continental scholars. His main contribution to the expanding literature on this topic is to propose the term tempesta to replace Sturm und Drang and the other terms that have come to signify “stormy” music. . . the book has much to recommend it, in particular the careful analyses of little-known symphonies and operas from the 18th century.
Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.