Ludwig van Beethoven: Approaches to His Music / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Many books have been written about Beethoven. But it is rare to find one that seeks an alternative between the fragmentation found in most specialized studies and the superficial overview typical of popular biography. In this volume, Carl Dahlhaus, one of the century's leading musicologists, combines interpretations of individual works that focus on issues of composition and musical history, with excursions into the musical aesthetics of the period around 1800; an age that was not only a "classical" period in the history of the arts but also one in that aesthetics carved itself a place in the center of philosophical attention. The theme of the book is the reconstruction of Beethoven's "musical thinking" from the evidence in the works themselves and their context in the history of ideas.
About the Author
One of the century's leading musicologists, Carl Dahlhaus was the editor of reference books in the field of music history and a prolific author, primarily in the fields of musical aesthetics and theory from the middle ages to Schoenberg, and the history of music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has been described as "the most widely read (in both senses) and frequently cited musical scholar of recent times" and until his death in 1989 was Professor of the History of Music at the Technische Universitat.