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Overview

"The most important contribution of the past two decades to the history of the philosophy of music and of music theory."--Charles Rosen, University of Chicago

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
Strategic economy is a very striking feature of this book, as striking as its breathtaking ambition.... Those with intestinal fortitude will find much to ponder, admire, and digest in Beethoven Hero.
The Times Literary Supplement
Scott Burnham's Beethoven Hero is in every respect an exciting new book.... Burnham's arguments are well marshaled, his answers ... trenchantly expressed; the previewers quoted on the dust-jacket have every reason to extol the book as both 'courageous' and 'convincing'.
— William Drabkin
The New York Observer
How the composer was able to make his personal quest our quest is ... explored in Beethoven Hero, which is one of those rare Beethoven books written with a verve and passion to approximate its subject.
— Charles Michner
The Times Literary Supplement - William Drabkin
Scott Burnham's Beethoven Hero is in every respect an exciting new book.... Burnham's arguments are well marshaled, his answers ... trenchantly expressed; the previewers quoted on the dust-jacket have every reason to extol the book as both 'courageous' and 'convincing'.
The New York Observer - Charles Michner
How the composer was able to make his personal quest our quest is ... explored in Beethoven Hero, which is one of those rare Beethoven books written with a verve and passion to approximate its subject.
From the Publisher

Winner of the 1996 Wallace Berry Distinguished Book Award, Society for Music Theory

"Strategic economy is a very striking feature of this book, as striking as its breathtaking ambition.... Those with intestinal fortitude will find much to ponder, admire, and digest in Beethoven Hero."--New York Review of Books

"Scott Burnham's Beethoven Hero is in every respect an exciting new book.... Burnham's arguments are well marshaled, his answers ... trenchantly expressed; the previewers quoted on the dust-jacket have every reason to extol the book as both 'courageous' and 'convincing'."--William Drabkin, The Times Literary Supplement

"How the composer was able to make his personal quest our quest is ... explored in Beethoven Hero, which is one of those rare Beethoven books written with a verve and passion to approximate its subject."--Charles Michner, The New York Observer

The New York Observer
How the composer was able to make his personal quest our quest is ... explored in Beethoven Hero, which is one of those rare Beethoven books written with a verve and passion to approximate its subject.
— Charles Michner
New York Review of Books
Strategic economy is a very striking feature of this book, as striking as its breathtaking ambition.... Those with intestinal fortitude will find much to ponder, admire, and digest in Beethoven Hero.
The Times Literary Supplement
Scott Burnham's Beethoven Hero is in every respect an exciting new book.... Burnham's arguments are well marshaled, his answers ... trenchantly expressed; the previewers quoted on the dust-jacket have every reason to extol the book as both 'courageous' and 'convincing'.
— William Drabkin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691050584
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,346,728
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Note to the Reader
Ch. 1 Beethoven's Hero 3
Ch. 2 Musical Values: Presence and Engagement in the Heroic Style 29
Ch. 3 Institutional Values: Beethoven and the Theorists 66
Ch. 4 Cultural Values: Beethoven, the Goethezeit, and the Heroic Concept of Self 112
Ch. 5 Beethoven Hero 147
Notes 169
Bibliography 195
Index 203
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