Beethoven's Piano Music - A Listener's Guide: Unlocking the Masters Series, No. 23 [NOOK Book]

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(Amadeus). Beethoven's works for solo piano the sonatas, variations, and bagatelles and the five concertos for piano and orchestra stand at the heart of the repertory. Beethoven's Piano Music: A Listener's Guide , by Victor Lederer, will help the motivated reader understand this popular but often knotty music. The bulk of the text consists of a movement-by-movement analysis of the 32 sonatas, fascinating for their individuality and for the way they trace the master's development. In addition to the sonatas, Lederer also takes the reader through
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Beethoven's Piano Music - A Listener's Guide: Unlocking the Masters Series, No. 23

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(Amadeus). Beethoven's works for solo piano the sonatas, variations, and bagatelles and the five concertos for piano and orchestra stand at the heart of the repertory. Beethoven's Piano Music: A Listener's Guide , by Victor Lederer, will help the motivated reader understand this popular but often knotty music. The bulk of the text consists of a movement-by-movement analysis of the 32 sonatas, fascinating for their individuality and for the way they trace the master's development. In addition to the sonatas, Lederer also takes the reader through the most significant of the variations. The greatest is the Diabelli , Beethoven's monumental takeoff on a trivial theme, but three more sets, the 32 Variations in C minor , the Variations on an Original Theme , Op. 34, and the "Eroica" Variations , Op. 35, are also of the highest quality. And the Bagatelles, Opp. 33, 119, and 126, are short but strong studies that display different aspects of Beethoven's musical personality. Finally, Lederer discusses the five piano concertos in detail, showing the influence of the sublime models of Mozart in the first three concertos, with Beethoven boldly finding his own voice with the beloved Fourth and Fifth Concertos. This e-book includes embedded audio of a Naxos recording containing performances by pianist Jeno Jando that illustrate the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879104344
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,071,737
  • File size: 69 MB
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Beethoven and the Piano 1

Chapter 2 Some Aspects of Beethoven's Life 13

Chapter 3 The First, Second, and Third Concertos: Under Mozart's Influence 23

Chapter 4 The Fourth and Fifth Concertos 35

Chapter 5 The Earliest Sonatas: Opp. 2,7,10,and 13, the "Pathétique" 47

Chapter 6 Early-Middle Masterworks: Sonatas 9-15 61

Chapter 7 The High Middle Period: Sonatas 16-23 73

Chapter 8 Five Transitional Sonatas 91

Chapter 9 The "Hammerklavier" Sonata 105

Chapter 10 The Final Trilogy 117

Chapter 11 The Bagatelles and Other Short Pieces 133

Chapter 12 The Variations 143

Chapter 13 Beethoven the Companion 153

Notes 157

Selected Bibliography 161

CD Track Listing 163

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