Few composers even begin to approach Beethoven's pervasive presence in modern Western culture, from the concert hall to the comic strip. Edited by a cultural historian and a music theorist, "Beethoven and His World" gathers eminent scholars from several disciplines who collectively speak to the range of Beethoven's importance and of our perennial fascination with him.
The contributors address Beethoven's musical works and their cultural contexts. Reinhold Brinkmann explores the post-revolutionary context of Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony, while Lewis Lockwood establishes a typology of heroism in works like Fidelio. Elaine Sisman, Nicholas Marston, and Glenn Stanley discuss issues of temporality, memory, and voice in works at the threshold of Beethoven's late style, such as "An die Ferne Geliebte," the Cello Sonata op. 102, no. 1, and the somewhat later Piano Sonata op. 109. Peering behind the scenes into Beethoven's workshop, Tilman Skowroneck explains how the young Beethoven chose his pianos, and William Kinderman shows Beethoven in the process of sketching and revising his compositions.
The volume concludes with four essays engaging the broader question of reception of Beethoven's impact on his world and ours. Christopher Gibbs' study of Beethoven's funeral and its aftermath features documentary material appearing in English for the first time; art historian Alessandra Comini offers an illustrated discussion of Beethoven's ubiquitous and iconic frown; Sanna Pederson takes up the theme of masculinity in critical representations of Beethoven; and Leon Botstein examines the aesthetics and politics of hearing extramusical narratives and plots in Beethoven's music.
Bringing together varied and fresh approaches to the West's most celebrated composer, this collection of essays provides music lovers with an enriched understanding of Beethoven--as man, musician, and phenomenon.
"Shows a remarkable variety of current academic concerns having to do with Beethoven... Filled with other interesting and delightful tidbits..."--James R. Oestreich, The New York Times
|Preface and Acknowledgments by Scott Burnham and Michael P. Steinberg VIl|
|In the Time(s) of the ""Eroica""by Reinhold Brinlmann|
|Translated by Irene Zedlacher||p. 1|
|Beethoven, Florestan, and the Varieties of Heroism by Lewis Lockwood||p. 27|
|Memory and Invention at the Threshold of Beethoven's Late Style by Elaine Sisman||p. 51|
|Voices and Their Rhythms in the First Movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 109: Some Thoughts on the Performance and Analysis of a Late-Style Work|
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Series: Bard Music Festival (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 27th August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.62 x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.57