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The Cambridge Companion to Beethoven : Cambridge Companions to Music - Glenn Stanley

The Cambridge Companion to Beethoven

Cambridge Companions to Music

By: Glenn Stanley (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th July 2000
ISBN: 9780521589345
Number Of Pages: 394

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This Companion provides a comprehensive view of Beethoven and his work. The first part of the book presents the composer as a private individual, as a professional, and at the work-place, discussing biographical problems, Beethoven's professional activities when not composing and his methods as a composer. In the heart of the book, individual chapters are devoted to all the major genres cultivated by Beethoven and to the elements of style and structure that cross all genres. The book concludes by looking at the ways that Beethoven and his music have been interpreted by performers, writers on music, and in the arts, literature, and philosophy. The essays in this volume, written by leading Beethoven specialists, maintain traditional emphases in Beethoven studies while incorporating some of the most recent developments in musicology and theory.

'Its main strength is the way that it manages to cover Beethoven's output from such varied perspectives.' Early Music Review ' ... a notable addition to the bibliography of the composer, using the researches of writers who are specialists in their field.' Classical Music ' ... works well on several levels, both as an introduction to those who are hungry for more detailed knowledge and for those who are more familiar with the music and the debates surrounding it. Every chapter offers genuine food for thought.' W. Dean Sutcliffe, International Record Review 'This handsomely produced new study of Beethoven is certainly a notable addition to the bibliography of the composer.' Terry Barfoot, Classical Music '... a splendidly comprehensive work.' Expository Times

A Professional Portrait
Biographical considerations and chronology
Beethoven at work, musical activist and thinker
The compositional act: sketches and autographs
Style and Structure
'The spirit of Mozart from Haydn's hands': Beethoven's musical inheritance
Phrase, period, theme
'The sense of an ending': goal-directedness in Beethoven's music
Genres
The piano music: concertos, sonatas, variations, small forms
Beethoven's chamber music with piano: seeking unity in mixed sonorities
Manner, tone, and tendency in Beethoven's chamber music for strings
Sound and structure in Beethoven's orchestral music
Beethoven's songs and vocal style
Beethoven's essay in opera: historical, text-critical, and interpretative issues in Fidelio
Beethoven's sacred and liturgical compositions: songs, oratorio, masses
Reception
'With a Beethoven-like sublimity': Beethoven in the works of other composers
Beethoven's music in performance: historical perspectives
The four ages of Beethoven: musicians (and a few others) on Beethoven
Beethoven at large: reception in literature, the arts, philosophy, and politics
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ISBN: 9780521589345
ISBN-10: 0521589347
Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 394
Published: 15th July 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.63