Beethoven Hero / Edition 1

Beethoven Hero / Edition 1

by Scott Burnham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691050589

ISBN-13: 9780691050584

Pub. Date: 04/10/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Bringing together reception history, music analysis and criticism, the history of music theory, and the philosophy of music, Beethoven Hero explores the nature and persistence of Beethoven's heroic style. What have we come to value in this music, asks Scott Burnham, and why do generations of critics and analysts hear it in much the same way? Specifically,

Overview

Bringing together reception history, music analysis and criticism, the history of music theory, and the philosophy of music, Beethoven Hero explores the nature and persistence of Beethoven's heroic style. What have we come to value in this music, asks Scott Burnham, and why do generations of critics and analysts hear it in much the same way? Specifically, what is it that fosters the intensity of listener engagement with the heroic style, the often overwhelming sense of identification with its musical process? Starting with the story of heroic quest heard time and again in the first movement of the Eroica Symphony, Burnham suggests that Beethoven's music matters profoundly to its listeners because it projects an empowering sense of self, destiny, and freedom, while modeling ironic self-consciousness.

In addition to thus identifying Beethoven's music as an overarching expression of values central to the age of Goethe and Hegel, the author describes and then critiques the process by which the musical values of the heroic style quickly became the controlling model of compositional logic in Western music criticism and analysis. Apart from its importance for students of Beethoven, this book will appeal to those interested in canon formation in the arts and in music as a cultural, ethical, and emotional force—and to anyone concerned with what we want from music and what music does for us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691050584
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2000
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Note to the Reader
Ch. 1Beethoven's Hero3
Ch. 2Musical Values: Presence and Engagement in the Heroic Style29
Ch. 3Institutional Values: Beethoven and the Theorists66
Ch. 4Cultural Values: Beethoven, the Goethezeit, and the Heroic Concept of Self112
Ch. 5Beethoven Hero147
Notes169
Bibliography195
Index203

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