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My First Beethoven

Author : Ludwig van Beethoven
Publisher : Schott Music
Page : 64 pages
File Size : 54,9 Mb
Release : 2018-03-13
Category : Music
ISBN : 9783795728274

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My First Beethoven by Ludwig van Beethoven Pdf

Ludwig van Beethoven wrote numerous piano pieces to teach to his pupils. Still, today, his works are an integral part of piano lessons. My first Beethoven is perfect for pianists of every age to become acquainted with these works. This volume contains Beethoven's most popular and easiest piano pieces – from the frequently played Sonatinas in G and F major to Für Eliseand the famous Moonlight Sonata. Ideal for music lessons and music-making at home! Great works for little masters!


Author : John Suchet
Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Page : 321 pages
File Size : 45,7 Mb
Release : 2013-12-02
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780802192912

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Beethoven by John Suchet Pdf

“An ideal ‘first book’ on Beethoven” from one of the world’s most eminent classical music aficionados (Booklist). Beethoven scholar and classical radio host John Suchet has had a lifelong, ardent interest in the man and his music. Here, in his first full-length biography, Suchet illuminates the composer’s difficult childhood, his struggle to maintain friendships and romances, his ungovernable temper, his obsessive efforts to control his nephew’s life, and the excruciating decline of his hearing. This absorbing narrative provides a comprehensive account of a momentous life, as it takes the reader on a journey from the composer’s birth in Bonn to his death in Vienna. Chronicling the landmark events in Beethoven’s career—from his competitive encounters with Mozart to the circumstances surrounding the creation of the well-known “Für Elise” and Moonlight Sonata—this book enhances understanding of the composer’s character, inspiring a deeper appreciation for his work. Beethoven scholarship is constantly evolving, and Suchet draws on the latest research, using rare source material (some of which has never before been published in English) to paint a complete and vivid portrait of the legendary prodigy. “A gripping and thought-provoking read.” —Howard Shelley, pianist and conductor “By exercising a genuine authority in identifying how Beethoven, the man, manifests himself in our appreciation of the music, Suchet brings an incisive freshness to an extraordinary life.” —Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music


Author : Jan Swafford
Publisher : Faber & Faber
Page : 856 pages
File Size : 47,8 Mb
Release : 2014-09-02
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780571312573

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Beethoven by Jan Swafford Pdf

Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year 'Magisterial, warm, and engaging . . . A triumph of scholarship and musical affinity . . . Jan Swafford is to be saluted.' Independent Jan Swafford's biographies of composers Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world's most iconic music. Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that would shape all of his future work. Swafford then tracks his subject to Vienna, capital of European music, where Beethoven built his career in the face of critical incomprehension, crippling ill health, romantic rejection, and 'fate's hammer', his ever-encroaching deafness. At the time of his death he was so widely celebrated that over ten thousand people attended his funeral. This book is a biography of Beethoven the man and musician, not the myth, and throughout, Swafford - himself a composer - offers insightful readings of Beethoven's key works. More than a decade in the making, this will be the standard Beethoven biography for years to come.

Beethoven: The Music and the Life

Author : Lewis Lockwood
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Page : 624 pages
File Size : 54,5 Mb
Release : 2005-01-17
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780393347555

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An authoritative work offering a fresh look at Beethoven’s life, career, and milieu. “Magisterial” —New York Review of Books. This brilliant portrayal weaves Beethoven's musical and biographical stories into their historical and artistic contexts. Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent personal, historical, political, and cultural frameworks in which Beethoven worked and examines their effects on his music. "The result is that rarest of achievements, a profoundly humane work of scholarship that will—or at least should—appeal to specialists and generalists in equal measure" (Terry Teachout, Commentary). Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "Lewis Lockwood has written a biography of Beethoven in which the hours that Beethoven spent writing music—that is, his methods of working, his interest in contemporary and past composers, the development of his musical intentions and ideals, his inner musical life, in short—have been properly integrated with the external events of his career. The book is invaluable." —Charles Rosen "Lockwood writes with poetry and clarity—a rare combination. I especially enjoyed the connection that he makes between the works of Beethoven and the social and political context of their creation—we feel closer to Beethoven the man without losing our wonder at his genius." —Emanuel Ax "The magnum opus of an illustrious Beethoven scholar. From now on, we will all turn to Lockwood's Beethoven: The Music and the Life for insight and instruction." —Maynard Solomon "This is truly the Beethoven biography for the intelligent reader. Lewis Lockwood speaks in his preface of writing on Beethoven's works at 'a highly accessible descriptive level.' But he goes beyond that. His discussion of the music, based on a deep knowledge of its context and the composition processes behind it, explains, elucidates, and is not afraid to evaluate; while the biographical chapters, clearly and unfussily written, and taking full account of the newest thinking on Beethoven, align closely with the musical discussion. The result is a deeply perceptive book that comes as close as can be to presenting the man and the music as a unity."—Stanley Sadie, editor, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians "Impressive for both its scholarship and its fresh insights, this landmark work—fully accessible to the interested amateur—immediately takes its place among the essential references on this composer and his music."—Bob Goldfarb, KUSC-FM 91.5 "Lockwood writes like an angel: lucid, enthusiastic, stirring and enlightening. Beethoven has found his ablest interpreter."—Jonathan Keates, The Spectator "There is no better survey of Beethoven's compositions for a wide audience."—Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times Book Review

Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary

Author : John Clubbe
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Page : 512 pages
File Size : 41,5 Mb
Release : 2019-07-09
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780393242560

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Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary by John Clubbe Pdf

A fascinating and in-depth exploration of how the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and Napoleon shaped Beethoven’s political ideals and inspired his groundbreaking compositions. Beethoven imbibed Enlightenment and revolutionary ideas in his hometown of Bonn, where they were fervently discussed in cafés and at the university. Moving to Vienna at the age of twenty-one to study with Haydn, he gained renown as a brilliant pianist and innovative composer. In that conservative city, capital of the Hapsburg empire, authorities were ever watchful to curtail and punish overt displays of radical political views. Nevertheless, Beethoven avidly followed the meteoric rise of Napoleon. As Napoleon had made strides to liberate Europe from aristocratic oppression, so Beethoven desired to liberate humankind through music. He went beyond the musical forms of Haydn and Mozart, notably in the Eroica Symphony and his opera Fidelio, both inspired by the French Revolution and Napoleon. John Clubbe illuminates Beethoven as a lifelong revolutionary through his compositions, portraits, and writings, and by setting him alongside major cultural figures of the time—among them Schiller, Goethe, Byron, Chateaubriand, and Goya.

Beethoven's Hair

Author : Russell Martin
Publisher : Crown
Page : 290 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 2002-01-08
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780767910811

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Beethoven's Hair by Russell Martin Pdf

The basis for the movie of the same name, an astonishing tale of one lock of hair and its amazing travels--from nineteenth-century Vienna to twenty-first-century America. When Ludwig van Beethoven lay dying in 1827, a young musician named Ferdinand Hiller came to pay his respects to the great composer, snipping a lock of Beethoven's hair as a keepsake--as was custom at the time--in the process. For a century, the lock of hair was a treasured Hiller family relic, until it somehow found its way to the town of Gilleleje, in Nazi-occupied Denmark. There, it was given to a local doctor, Kay Fremming, who was deeply involved in the effort to help save hundreds of hunted and frightened Jews. After Fremming's death, his daughter assumed ownership of the lock, and eventually consigned it for sale at Sotheby's, where two American Beethoven enthusiasts, Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara, purchased it in 1994. Subsequently, they and others instituted a series of complex forensic tests in the hope of finding the probable causes of the composer's chronically bad health, his deafness, and the final demise that Ferdinand Hiller had witnessed all those years ago. The results, revealed for the first time here, are the most compelling explanation yet offered for why one of the foremost musicians the world has ever known was forced to spend much of his life in silence. In Beethoven's Hair, Russell Martin has created a rich historical treasure hunt, a tale of false leads, amazing breakthroughs, and incredible revelations. This unique and fascinating book is a moving testament to the power of music, the lure of relics, the heroism of the Resistance movement, and the brilliance of molecular science.

Beethoven's Theatrical Quartets

Author : Nancy November
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 297 pages
File Size : 46,9 Mb
Release : 2013
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781107035454

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Beethoven's Theatrical Quartets by Nancy November Pdf

The first detailed contextual study of Beethoven's middle-period quartets, encompassing reception history, early performance practices, aesthetic contexts and theatrical impetus.

The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair

Author : Russell Martin Lydia Nibley
Publisher : Charlesbridge
Page : 130 pages
File Size : 48,6 Mb
Release : 2009-02-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781607341352

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The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair by Russell Martin Lydia Nibley Pdf

Introduces the life of the Austrian composer, along with the story of a lock of his hair cut by a barber after his death, which was kept by various owners and the analysis of which revealed the high level of lead present in the composer's body.

Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

Author : William Kinderman
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Page : 252 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 1999
Category : Music
ISBN : 0198161980

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Beethoven's Diabelli Variations by William Kinderman Pdf

This extended study of the compositional origins of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations explores the piece in the context of his other late period works and demonstrates how the composer transforms, parodies, and transcends Diabelli's waltz. Providing insight into his working method, this discussion illuminates the structure of the finished work, and the nature of Beethoven's creative process.

Beethoven's Symphonies Critically Discussed

Author : Alexander Teetgen
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 152 pages
File Size : 54,5 Mb
Release : 1879
Category : Symphonies
ISBN : IND:39000018583414

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Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas

Author : Stewart Gordon
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 224 pages
File Size : 46,9 Mb
Release : 2016-12-13
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780190629205

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Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas by Stewart Gordon Pdf

The thirty-two Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven form one of the most important segments of piano literature. In this accessible, compact, and comprehensive guidebook, renowned performer and pedagogue Stewart Gordon presents the pianist with historical insights and practical instructional tools for interpreting the pieces. In the opening chapters of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas, Gordon illuminates the essential historical context behind common performance problems, discussing Beethoven's own pianos and how they relate to compositional style and demands in the pieces, and addressing textual issues, performance practices, and nuances of the composer's manuscript inscriptions. In outlining patterns of structure, sonority, keyboard technique, and emotional meaning evident across Beethoven's compositional development, Gordon provides important background and technical information key to understanding his works in context. Part II of the book presents each sonata in an outline-chart format, giving the student and teacher ready access to essential information, interpretive choices, and technical challenges in the individual works, measure by measure, all in one handy reference source. In consideration of the broad diversity of today's Beethoven interpreters, Gordon avoids one-size-fits-all solutions or giving undue weight to his own tastes and preferences. Instead, he puts the choices in the hands of the performers, enabling them to create their own personal relationship with the music and a more powerful performance.

Beethoven's Quartets

Author : Joseph de Marliave,Jean Escarra,Hilda Andrews
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Page : 418 pages
File Size : 55,8 Mb
Release : 2004-01-01
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780486439655

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Beethoven's Quartets by Joseph de Marliave,Jean Escarra,Hilda Andrews Pdf

Remarkably readable and accessible, this classic exposition presents a bar-by-bar, theme-by-theme analysis of all 16 quartets and the Grosse Fuge. Joseph de Marliave eschews technical terms, focusing on mood and general effects and illustrating his remarks with 321 musical examples. In addition to musicological information, de Marliave provides a complete background, encompassing dates of composition, contemporary reactions, influences, and Beethoven’s transcendence of established forms. Clear analyses and a wealth of documentary material make this one of the most authoritative studies of Beethoven’s quartets, as well as one of the most enjoyable. Preface by Gabriel Fauré. Introduction, notes by Jean Escarra. Translated by Hilda Andrews.

Beethoven's Symphonies Arranged for the Chamber

Author : Nancy November
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 277 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2021-06-10
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781108831758

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Beethoven's Symphonies Arranged for the Chamber by Nancy November Pdf

Reveals the importance of arrangements of Beethoven's works for nineteenth-century domestic music-making to the history of the classical symphony.

Beethoven's Conversation Books

Publisher : Boydell & Brewer
Page : 375 pages
File Size : 47,9 Mb
Release : 2022-12-06
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781783276219

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Beethoven's Conversation Books by TED. TED ALBRECHT Pdf

A complete new edition of Beethoven's conversation books, in 12 volumes, now translated into English in their entirety for the first time. Covering a period associated with the revolutionary style of what we call late Beethoven, these lively and compelling conversations are now finally accessible in English for the scholar and Beethoven-lover.

Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Author : Christopher Alan Reynolds
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Page : 232 pages
File Size : 46,7 Mb
Release : 2015-04-24
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780520960978

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Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth by Christopher Alan Reynolds Pdf

In this original study, Christopher Alan Reynolds examines the influence of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on two major nineteenth-century composers, Richard Wagner and Robert Schumann. During 1845–46 the compositional styles of Schumann and Wagner changed in a common direction, toward a style that was more contrapuntal, more densely motivic, and engaged in processes of thematic transformation. Reynolds shows that the stylistic advances that both composers made in Dresden in 1845–46 stemmed from a deepened understanding of Beethoven’s techniques and strategies in the Ninth Symphony. The evidence provided by their compositions from this pivotal year and the surrounding years suggests that they discussed Beethoven’s Ninth with each other in the months leading up to the performance of this work, which Wagner conducted on Palm Sunday in 1846. Two primary aspects that appear to have interested them both are Beethoven’s use of counterpoint involving contrary motion and his gradual development of the "Ode to Joy" melody through the preceding movements. Combining a novel examination of the historical record with careful readings of the music, Reynolds adds further layers to this argument, speculating that Wagner and Schumann may not have come to these discoveries entirely independently of each other. The trail of influences that Reynolds explores extends back to the music of Bach and ahead to Tristan and Isolde, as well as to Brahms’s First Symphony.