The Beethoven Quartet Companion

The Beethoven Quartet Companion

by Robert Winter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520204204

ISBN-13: 9780520204201

Pub. Date: 12/08/1995

Publisher: University of California Press

While the Beethoven string quartets are to chamber music what the plays of Shakespeare are to drama, even seasoned concertgoers will welcome guidance with these personal and sometimes enigmatic works. This collection offers Beethoven lovers both detailed notes on the listening experience of each quartet and a stimulating range of more general perspectives: Who…  See more details below

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While the Beethoven string quartets are to chamber music what the plays of Shakespeare are to drama, even seasoned concertgoers will welcome guidance with these personal and sometimes enigmatic works. This collection offers Beethoven lovers both detailed notes on the listening experience of each quartet and a stimulating range of more general perspectives: Who has the quartets' audience been? How were the quartets performed before the era of sound recordings? What is the relationship between "classical" and "romantic" in the quartets? How was their reception affected by social and economic history? What sorts of interpretive decisions are made by performers today? The Companion brings together a matchless group of Beethoven experts. Joseph Kerman is perhaps the world's most renowned Beethoven scholar. Robert Winter, an authority on sketches for the late quartets, has created interactive programs regarded as milestones in multimedia publishing. Maynard Solomon has written an acclaimed biography of Beethoven. Leon Botstein is the conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra as well as a distinguished social historian and college president. Robert Martin writes from his experience as cellist of the Sequoia Quartet. And the book is anchored by the program notes of Michael Steinberg, who has served as Artistic Advisor of the San Francisco Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Author Biography: Robert Winter is Professor of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Music for Our Time (1992) and co-author of The Beethoven Sketchbooks (California, 1985). Robert Martin is Assistant Dean of Humanities and Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at theUniversity of California, Los Angeles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520204201
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/08/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,260,543
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Perspectives5
Beethoven Quartet Audiences: Actual, Potential, Ideal7
Performing the Beethoven Quartets in Their First Century29
Beethoven: Beyond Classicism59
The Patrons and Publics of the Quartets: Music, Culture, and Society in Beethoven's Vienna77
The Quartets in Performance: A Player's Perspective111
Notes on the Quartets143
The Early Quartets145
String Quartet in F Major, after the Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 14 no. 1145
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 no. 1150
String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 no. 2155
String Quartet in D Major, op. 18 no. 3159
String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 no. 4163
String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18 no. 5165
String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 no. 6170
The Middle Quartets175
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 no. 1176
String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59 no. 2183
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 no. 3189
String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 74196
String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, Quartett[o] serioso203
The Late Quartets215
String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 127216
String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 130227
String Quartet in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131245
String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132264
Grosse Fuge for String Quartet, Op. 133274
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135274
Glossary283
Index295

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