Beethoven / Edition 2

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Combining musical insight and the most recent research, William Kinderman's Beethoven is both a richly drawn portrait of the man and a guide to his music. Kinderman traces the composer's intellectual and musical development from the early works written in Bonn to the Ninth Symphony and the late quartets. Throughout, he looks at compositions from different and original perspectives that show Beethoven's art as a union of sensuous and rational, of expression and structure. In analyses of individual pieces, Kinderman shows that the deepening of Beethoven's musical thought was a continuous process over decades of his life.

Combining musical insight and the most recent research, Kinderman's biography of Beethoven is both a richly drawn portrait of the man and a guide to his music. In analyses of individual pieces, Kinderman shows that the deepening of Beethoven's musical thought was a continuous process over decades of his life. 30 illustrations.

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"A most welcome addition to Beethoven literature ... combines a musician's perception of the music and an informed musicologist's command of recent Beethoven scholarship."--Alfred Brendel

"The great strength of William Kinderman's Beethoven lies in its superb analyses of many of the composer's works. Kinderman is at his best when revealing the "dramatic narrative" intrinsic to Beethoven's greatest compositions. Kinderman's analyses are original - sometimes breathtakingly so - insightful, sympathetic, and entirely convincing. It is impossible to read this book without having gained renewed appreciation of Beethoven's massive achievement ... it is impossible adequately to convey in a short review the book's powerful overall impact ... William Kinderman not only brilliantly accomplishes what he set out to do, but he has also produced a work that will be useful as a handbook or guide to Beethoven's music. Taken in its entirety, Kinderman's Beethoven will stand as a modern classic in Beethoven scholarship."--The Beethoven Journal, Fall 1995, Volume 10, Number 2

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195328363
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,245,934
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 3.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William Kinderman is Professor of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is internationally known as an authority on Beethoven and as a leading concert and recital pianist.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Plates
List of music Examples and Figures
1. The Bonn Years
2. The Path to Mastery, 1792-1798
3. Crises and Creativity, 1799-1802
4. The Heroic Style I, 1803-1806
5. The Heroic Style II, 1806-1809
6. Consolidation, 1810-1812
7. The Congress of Vienna Period, 1813-1815
8. The Hammerklavier Sonata, 1816-1818
9. Struggle, 1819-1822
10. Triumph, 1822-1824
11. The 'Galitzin' Quartets, 1824-1825
12. The Last Phase, 1826-1827
Selected Bibliography
Bibliography of Works Cited
Index of Beethoven's Compositions
General Index

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