Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony / Edition 1

Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony / Edition 1

by David Benjamin Levy
     
 

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, a masterpiece that has influenced virtually every Western composer since its premiere, has become associated with the marking of momentous public occasions. In 1989, Chinese students played its finale through loudspeakers in Tiananmen Square, and Leonard Bernstein led a performance in Berlin to celebrate the razing of the Berlin Wall. This… See more details below

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Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, a masterpiece that has influenced virtually every Western composer since its premiere, has become associated with the marking of momentous public occasions. In 1989, Chinese students played its finale through loudspeakers in Tiananmen Square, and Leonard Bernstein led a performance in Berlin to celebrate the razing of the Berlin Wall. This lively and up-to-date book focuses on Beethoven's Ninth, exploring the cultural and musical meanings that surround this powerful work of genius. David B. Levy sets the scene with a brief survey of nineteenth-century Germanic culture and society, then analyzes the Ninth symphony in detail with special emphasis on the famous choral finale. He discusses the initial performances in 1824 under Beethoven's direction and traces the symphony's critical reception and legacy. In the final chapter of the book, Levy examines interpretations of the work by prominent conductors, including Wagner, Mahler, and Weingartner. A fully annotated discography of selected recordings completes this comprehensive volume."Levy operates from many perspectives-social, cultural, historical, and theoretical. . . . [His] scholarship is formidable and absolutely current."-B. J. Murray, Choice

Author Biography: David Benjamin Levy is professor and chair, Department of Music, Wake Forest University, and visiting professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music. He is a specialist in classic and romantic music and has lectured on Beethoven throughout the United States and Europe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780028713632
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Series:
Monuments of Western Music Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction1
Ch. 1From "Rescue from the Chains of Tyrants" to "All Men Become Brothers": The World of the Ninth5
Ch. 2The Genesis of the Ninth20
Ch. 3The Ninth: Movements I-III49
Ch. 4The Ninth: The Choral Finale89
Ch. 5The Performances of 1824122
Ch. 6In the Shadow of the Ninth145
Ch. 7Performance Traditions174
Nine Ninths: A Select Discography192
Notes205
Bibliography221
Index227

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