The Beethoven song companion

The Beethoven song companion

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The Beethoven song companion by Paul Reid

This is the first full-length, published study of Beethoven's songs. All the composer's songs with piano are included, with full German texts and translations, together with comprehensive notes on the poetry and the music. The inclusion of unfinished songs gives a fascinating insight into Beethoven's compositional methods.

An introductory essay considers reasons for the relative neglect of the songs, the significance of Beethoven's choice of texts, his crucial role in the development of German art-song and specific aspects such as choice of key. Throughout the book, poetic and musical texts are discussed in their historical context, and in the overall context of Beethoven's life and music.

This book will be of interest and value to singers and their accompanists, as well as to enthusiasts. The details on locations of autographs and the genesis of key works will also be an aid to further academic research.

It is anticipated that this book, like its predecessor The Schubert Song Companion, will encourage the performance and study of an important but comparatively neglected aspect of the work of the world's most celebrated composer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719075711
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paul Reid is Chairman of the Schubert Institute (UK)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Barry Cooper

Author's Preface



The Songs

The Poets

Appendix 1 - Publication of the Songs

Appendix 2 - Der Gute Fürst



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