The contributors address Beethoven's musical works and their cultural contexts. Reinhold Brinkmann explores the post-revolutionary context of Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony, while Lewis Lockwood establishes a typology of heroism in works like Fidelio. Elaine Sisman, Nicholas Marston, and Glenn Stanley discuss issues of temporality, memory, and voice in works at the threshold of Beethoven's late style, such as An die Ferne Geliebte, the Cello Sonata op. 102, no. 1, and the somewhat later Piano Sonata op. 109. Peering behind the scenes into Beethoven's workshop, Tilman Skowroneck explains how the young Beethoven chose his pianos, and William Kinderman shows Beethoven in the process of sketching and revising his compositions.
The volume concludes with four essays engaging the broader question of reception of Beethoven's impact on his world and ours. Christopher Gibbs' study of Beethoven's funeral and its aftermath features documentary material appearing in English for the first time; art historian Alessandra Comini offers an illustrated discussion of Beethoven's ubiquitous and iconic frown; Sanna Pederson takes up the theme of masculinity in critical representations of Beethoven; and Leon Botstein examines the aesthetics and politics of hearing extramusical narratives and plots in Beethoven's music.
Bringing together varied and fresh approaches to the West's most celebrated composer, this collection of essays provides music lovers with an enriched understanding of Beethovenas man, musician, and phenomenon.
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments by Scott Burnham and Michael P. Steinberg VIl
PART I HEROIC BEETHOVEN
In the Time(s) of the "Eroica"by Reinhold Brinlmann Translated by Irene Zedlacher 1
Beethoven, Florestan, and the Varieties of Heroism by Lewis Lockwood 27
PART II LATE BEETHOVEN
Memory and Invention at the Threshold of Beethoven's Late Style by Elaine Sisman 51
Voices and Their Rhythms in the First Movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 109: Some Thoughts on the Performance and Analysis of a Late-Style Work by Glenn Stanley 88
Voicing Beethoven's Distant Beloved by Nicholas Marston 124
PART III BEETHOVEN IN THE WORKSHOP
Keyboard Instruments of the Young Beethoven by Tilman Skowroneck 151
Contrast and Continuity in Beethoven's Creative Process by William Kinderman 193
PART IV BEETHOVEN IN THE WORLD
Performances of Grief: Vienna's Response to the Death of Beethoven by Christopher Gibbs 227
The Visual Beethoven: Whence, Why, and Whither the Scowl? by Alessandra Comini 286
Beethoven and Masculinity by Sanna Pederson 313
The Search for Meaning in Beethoven: Popularity, Intimacy, and Politics in Historical Perspective by Leon Botstein 332
Notes on Contributors x