Beethoven

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 374 pages
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Set in the framework of Beethoven's life, William Kinderman's detailed examination of the music traces the composer's intellectual and musical development, from the early works written in Bonn to the Ninth Symphony and the late quartets. Beethoven's innovations in form and style, his musicalsymbolism and narrative structures are illustrated in analyses of all the main works, showing that the deepening of his musical thought was a continuous process throughout his life. William Kinderman also shows how Beethoven's response to the political and philosophical currents of his time isreflected in some of his greatest masterpieces. Although the implications of Beethoven's deafness and other personal crises are fully addressed, so too are the lighter aspects of his personality - his humour, his love of puns, and his delight in juxtaposing the exalted and the commonplace. Combining musical insight and the most recent research, Beethoven is both a portrait of the man and a guide to his music.
 

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Contents

The Bonn Years
43
The Heroic Style 118031806
86
The Heroic Style II 18061809
100
Consolidation 18101812
139
The Congress of Vienna Period 18131815
167
The Hammerklavier Sonata 18161818
189
Struggle 18191822
211
Triumph 18221824
238
The Galitzin Quartets 18241825
284
The Last Phase 18261827
308
Selected Bibliography
339
Index of Beethovens Compositions
361
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William Kinderman is Professor of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is internationally known as an authority on Beethoven and as a leading concert and recital pianist.

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