Thayer's Life of Beethoven, Volume 1

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Princeton University Press, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 1141 pages
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Although some portions of Thayer's original text have been deleted because recent Beethoven research has proved them inaccurate, "the majority of the text used consists of the coordinated treatment of Thayer's notes and manuscript by these three editors [H. Deiters, H. Riemann, and H. Krehbiel]" with additions and corrections by the present editor.
 

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Magisterial! For those seriously interested to learn about the life and works of an artistic colossus.

Contents

The Electoral Court at Bonn
3
The Beethoven Family
41
Beethovens Birth and Childhood 17701784
53
Elector Max Franz and his CourtThe Von Breuning FamilyThe Years 1784 to 1786
73
The Years 1787 to 1788The Operatic Seasons from 1789 to 1792
86
The Years 1789 to 1792The Move to Vienna
100
The Composition Written at Bonn 17861792
118
Beethovens Teachers in ViennaViennese Composers and Society
134
The Year 1802 The Heiligenstadt TestamentBeethovens BrothersCorrespondence with Publishers
300
The Year 1803 The Court TheatreWork on the Eroica Symphony
324
The Year 1804 Beginning of Work on LeonoreThe Eroica Privately PerformedBeethoven and BreuningFriendship with Countess Deym
344
The Year 1805 Public Performance of the Eroica Countess Josephine DeymLeonore Completed and Performed
363
The Year 1806 The Revision of Leonore The Razumovsky QuartetsThe Fourth Symphony
393
The Year 1807 Work on the Fifth Symphony The Mass in C
412
The Year 1808 Completion of the Fifth and Sixth SymphoniesThe Concert of December 22nd
430
The Year 1809 The Annuity ContractThe Siege of ViennaPiano Concerto No5
453

The Years 1793 to 1795
160
The Years 1796 and 1797
180
The Years 1798 and 1799
203
Beethovens Friends and Fellow MusiciansThe Brunsvik FamilyCharacter TraitsSketchbooksPossible Origin of Deafness
219
The Year 1800
254
The Year 180 Correspondence with PublishersEarly Criticisms of Beethovens MusicLetters to Amenda and Wegeler Concerning DeafnessFerdinand ...
268
The Year 1810 Decrease in ProductivityTheerese MalfattiBettina Brentano
480
The Year 1811 Bettina Beethoven and GoetheA Sojourn in TeplitzSketches for New Symphonies
504
The Year 1812 The Austrian FinanzPatentSecond Sojourn at TeplitzLetters to the Immortal Beloved
522
The Year 1813 Financial DifficultiesSuspension of PaymentsConcerts at GrazMälzel and Wellingtons Victory Concerts of December 8 and 12
549
The Year 1814 Quarrel with MälzelThe Revision of FidelioThe Vienna Congress
569
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