The Beethoven Sonatas And The Creative Experience

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"... one of the most interesting, useful and even exciting books on the process of musical creation." —American Music Teacher

"... noteworthy contribution... with plenty of insight into interpretation... remarkable as an insider’s account of the works in an individual perspective." —European Music
Teacher

Drake groups the Beethoven piano sonatas according to their musical qualities, rather than their chronology. He explores the interpretive ...

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Overview

"... one of the most interesting, useful and even exciting books on the process of musical creation." —American Music Teacher

"... noteworthy contribution... with plenty of insight into interpretation... remarkable as an insider’s account of the works in an individual perspective." —European Music
Teacher

Drake groups the Beethoven piano sonatas according to their musical qualities, rather than their chronology. He explores the interpretive implications of rhythm,
dynamics, slurs, harmonic effects, and melodic development and identifies specific measures where
Beethoven skillfully employs these compositional devices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253213822
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: source: Replica
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,014,135
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Drake is Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Illinois and author ofThe Sonatas of Beethoven as He Played and Taught Them. He is active as a performer on period pianos.

Cover illustration: The Beethoven Broadwood fortepiano. Courtesy of the
Hungarian National Museum. Photo by Sheila Rock, Thorn EMI London.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. The First Raptus, and All Subsequent
Ones

*The Sounds of Involvement

2. Technique as
Touch
3. Tempo and the Pacing of Musical Ideas
4. Dynamic Nuance and Musical
Line
5. The Role of Silence
6. Sound as Color

*The
Sonatas

7. Descriptive Music: Op.81a, Op.13
8. Motivic Development: Op.2
No.1, Op.57, Op.110
9. Quasi una Fantasia: Op.27 Nos.1 and 2, Op.26
10. Line and
Space: Op. 2 No.2, Op 101
11. Movement as Energized Color: Op.53
12. The Moment of
Creation: Op.28, Op.31 Nos.2 and 3
13. Facing Two Directions: Op.49 Nos.1 and 2, Op.54, Op.
78, Op. 90
14. The Enjoyment of Fluency: Op.10 Nos.2 and 3, Op. 14 No. 2, Op.22, Op.31
No.1, Op.79
15. The Cosmopolitan Impostor: Op.2 No.3, Op.14 No.1
16. Embracing the
Dachstein: Op. 7, Op. 106
17. A Higher Revelation: Op.10 No.1, Op.109, Op.111
18.
The Witness Tree

*Notes

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