Combining musical insight with the most recent research, William Kinderman's Beethoven is both a richly drawn portrait of the man and a guide to his music. Kinderman traces the composer's intellectual and musical development from the early works written in Bonn to the Ninth Symphony and the late quartets, looking at compositions from different and original perspectives that show Beethoven's art as a union of sensuous and rational, of expression and structure. In analyses of individual pieces, Kinderman shows that the deepening of Beethoven's musical thought was a continuous process over decades of his life. In this new updated edition, Kinderman gives more attention to the composer's early chamber music, his songs, his opera Fidelio, and to a number of often-neglected works of the composer's later years and fascinating projects left incomplete. A revised view emerges from this of Beethoven's aesthetics and the musical meaning of his works. Rather than the conventional image of a heroic and tormented figure, Kinderman provides a more complex, more fully rounded account of the composer. Although Beethoven's deafness and his other personal crises are addressed, together with this ever-increasing commitment to his art, so too are the lighter aspects of his personality: his humor, his love of puns, his great delight in juxtaposing the exalted and the commonplace.
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14 Beethoven Adagio aesthetic Andante Archduke Trio Arietta artistic ascending bars bass Beetho Beethoven’s music beginning Bonn cadence cantabile cello character choral finale chord climax close coda composer composition context contrast Credo descending Diabelli Variations diminished-seventh dissonant dominant earlier ensuing Eroica Symphony expressive F major F minor Fidelio figure Florestan foreshadowing fortissimo fugal fugue gesture Grosse Fuge Hammerklavier Sonata harmonic Haydn humor later Leonore Ludwig van Beethovens lyrical main theme melodic ment minor Quartet Missa solemnis molto motif motivic Mozart’s Ninth Symphony notes octaves opening Allegro opera orchestral passage pedal phrases pianissimo Piano Sonata Piano Sonata op pieces pitch Presto quintet recapitulation relationship rhythm rhythmic rondo scherzo Schiller’s second subject semitone Sketchbook sketches slow introduction slow movement sonata form song sonority String Quartet structure symbolic tempo tension texture Thayer-Forbes thematic thoven tion tonal tonic transition trill trio ven’s Vienna violin