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Beethoven : The 'Moonlight' and other Sonatas, Op. 27 and Op. 31 - Timothy Jones


The 'Moonlight' and other Sonatas, Op. 27 and Op. 31

Paperback Published: 20th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521598590
Number Of Pages: 160

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Even in Beethoven's day the 'Moonlight' Sonata was a popular favourite. This book provides an accessible introduction to the Sonatas Opp. 27 and 31 (including The 'Moonlight' and 'The Tempest'), aimed at pianists, students, and music lovers. It begins with the works' historical background - the emergence of a 'piano culture' at the end of the eighteenth century, Beethoven's aristocratic milieu in Vienna, and his oft-quoted intention to follow a new compositional path. An account of the sonatas' genesis is followed by a discussion of their reception history, including a survey of changing performing styles since the mid-nineteenth century. The concept of the Sonata quasi una Fantasia is examined in relation to the cult of artistic sensibility in early-nineteenth-century Vienna. And the study concludes with a critical introduction to each sonata.

Keyboard culture
Beethoven in 1800+1802
Composition and reception
'Quasi una fantasia
The design of the Op. 27 sonatas
The design of the Op. 31 sonatas
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521598590
ISBN-10: 0521598591
Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 20th December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 13.87  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.18