The Beethoven Quartet Companion

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520204201
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,386,018
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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 the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Perspectives 5
Beethoven Quartet Audiences: Actual, Potential, Ideal 7
Performing the Beethoven Quartets in Their First Century 29
Beethoven: Beyond Classicism 59
The Patrons and Publics of the Quartets: Music, Culture, and Society in Beethoven's Vienna 77
The Quartets in Performance: A Player's Perspective 111
Notes on the Quartets 143
The Early Quartets 145
String Quartet in F Major, after the Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 14 no. 1 145
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 no. 1 150
String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 no. 2 155
String Quartet in D Major, op. 18 no. 3 159
String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 no. 4 163
String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18 no. 5 165
String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 no. 6 170
The Middle Quartets 175
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 no. 1 176
String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59 no. 2 183
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 no. 3 189
String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 196
String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, Quartett[o] serioso 203
The Late Quartets 215
String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 127 216
String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 130 227
String Quartet in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131 245
String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132 264
Grosse Fuge for String Quartet, Op. 133 274
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135 274
Glossary 283
Index 295
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