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(Unlocking the Masters). Ludwig van Beethoven's chamber works are some of his most revered compositions. Victor Lederer guides the serious nonprofessional listener through this oeuvre in his book Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide . Lederer shows how Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano overflow with high energy and spirits, showing a creative force that transcended personal struggles. The "Kreutzer" sonata, Op. 47, displays all the power of the master's middle period, while the G Major sonata, Op. 96, foreshadows Beethoven's
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Overview

(Unlocking the Masters). Ludwig van Beethoven's chamber works are some of his most revered compositions. Victor Lederer guides the serious nonprofessional listener through this oeuvre in his book Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide . Lederer shows how Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano overflow with high energy and spirits, showing a creative force that transcended personal struggles. The "Kreutzer" sonata, Op. 47, displays all the power of the master's middle period, while the G Major sonata, Op. 96, foreshadows Beethoven's mellower late works. The author also considers the sonatas for cello and piano, which span Beethoven's early, middle, and late periods, and examines the piano trios, including the immense "Archduke" trio. A highlight of the book is an exploration of the sixteen string quartets, which represent the pinnacle of Beethoven's achievement in chamber music. Lederer explains how the middle-period quartets, starting with the epic "Razumovsky" set, shatter molds and create new procedures, often on a stunning scale, and why the five late quartets and the Great Fugue are considered the peaks of the quartet literature and of Beethoven's own output. Lederer helps both new and experienced listeners grasp the strangeness and grandeur of these astonishing creations. The book comes with audio containing musical selections drawn from critically acclaimed performances on Naxos Records.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476821306
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,327,206
  • File size: 68 MB
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Beethoven's Chamber Music 1

Chapter 2 Beethoven's Life 9

Chapter 3 The Sonatas for Violin and Piano: Nos. 1-5 19

Chapter 4 The Sonatas for Violin and Piano: Nos. 6-10 29

Chapter 5 The Sonatas for Cello and Piano 41

Chapter 6 The Trios 53

Chapter 7 One-offs, Great and Small 75

Chapter 8 Beethoven and the String Quartet 83

Chapter 9 The Early Quartets 89

Chapter 10 The "Razumovsky" Quartets, Op. 59 105

Chapter 11 The "Harp" and "Serioso" Quartets, Op. 74 and Op. 95 119

Chapter 12 The Late Quartets: E-flat Major, Op. 127, and A Minor, Op. 132 129

Chapter 13 The Mad Divertimento: The Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, and the Great Fugue, Op. 133 141

Chapter 14 The Late Quartets: C-sharp Minor, Op. 131, and F Major, Op. 135 153

Chapter 15 Listening to Beethoven's Chamber Music 165

Notes 169

Selected Bibliography 173

CD Track Listing 175

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