Beethoven's Folksong Settings: Chronology, Sources, Style

Beethoven's Folksong Settings: Chronology, Sources, Style

by Barry Cooper
     
 

Beethoven composed far more folksong settings than any other type of composition. Yet Beethoven's settings, commissioned by George Thomson of Edinburgh, have been neglected by performers and scholars alike, and nearly all accounts of them are both superficial and startlingly inaccurate. This book is based on a very elaborate study of a wide range of sources, and

Overview

Beethoven composed far more folksong settings than any other type of composition. Yet Beethoven's settings, commissioned by George Thomson of Edinburgh, have been neglected by performers and scholars alike, and nearly all accounts of them are both superficial and startlingly inaccurate. This book is based on a very elaborate study of a wide range of sources, and dispels the many myths that have been circulating about this music. Every one of the 179 settings is dated to within a few weeks and an account is given of the souces of the melodies and texts, the difficulties of sending the music across Europe during the Napoleonic Wars (smugglers were even called upon to assist!), the fees Beethoven received, and when and how the texts were added. By comparing Beethoven's settings with those of his predecessors Pleyel, Haydn and Kozeluch, the author demonstrates that Beethoven comprehensively transcended the bounds of convention, producing settings of extraordinary quality and originality.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The most important source of information on its subject."—Choice

"In spite of his prolific output in this area, Beethoven's settings, commissioned by George Thompson of Edinburgh, have been neglected by performers and scholars alike. In this work, based on a wide range of sources, Barry Cooper gives clear dates, fascinating historical data, and tips for solving some of the performance problems associated with these pieces."—Music Educators Journal

"It is nice to meet with such enthusiasm in an academic writer."—Early Music Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198162834
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Series:
Oxford Monographs on Music Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.85(d)

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