The Cambridge Companion to Beethoven

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Glenn Stanley
Cambridge University Press, May 11, 2000 - Music - 373 pages
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This Companion provides a comprehensive view of Beethoven and his work. The first part of the book presents the composer as a private individual, as a professional, and at the work-place, discussing biographical problems, Beethoven's professional activities when not composing and his methods as a composer. In the heart of the book, individual chapters are devoted to all the major genres cultivated by Beethoven and to the elements of style and structure that cross all genres. The book concludes by looking at the ways that Beethoven and his music have been interpreted by performers, writers on music, and in the arts, literature, and philosophy. The essays in this volume, written by leading Beethoven specialists, maintain traditional emphases on Beethoven studies while incorporating some of the most recent developments in musicology and theory.
  

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Contents

Some thoughts on biography and a chronology of Beethovens life and music
3
Beethoven at work musical activist and thinker
14
The compositional act sketches and autographs
32
The spirit of Mozart from Haydns hands Beethovens musical inheritance
45
Phrase period theme
64
The sense of an ending goaldirectedness in Beethovens music
84
The piano music concertos sonatas variations small forms
105
Beethovens chamber music with piano seeking unity in mixed sonorities
127
Beethovens essay in opera historical textcritical and interpretative issues in Fidelio
200
Probing the sacred genres Beethovens religious songs oratorio and masses
218
With a Beethovenlike sublimity Beethoven in the works of other composers
239
Beethovens music in performance historical perspectives
255
The four ages of Beethoven critical reception and the canonic composer
272
Beethoven at large reception in literature the arts philosophy and politics
292
Notes
306
Selected further reading
345

Manner tone and tendency in Beethovens chamber music for strings
147
Sound and structure in Beethovens orchestral music
165
Beethovens songs and vocal style
186

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Stanley is associate professor of music at the University of Connecticut.

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