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The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824

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“All men become brothers . . .

Be embraced, ye millions!”

The Ninth Symphony, a symbol of freedom and joy, was Beethoven’s mightiest attempt to help humanity find its way from darkness to light, from chaos to peace. Yet the work was born in a repressive era, with terrified Bourbons, Hapsburgs, and Romanovs using every means at their disposal to squelch populist rumblings in the wake of the French Revolution and Napoleon’s wars. Ironically, the premiere of this hymn to universal brotherhood took place in Vienna, the capital of a nation that Metternich was turning into the first modern police state.

The Ninth’s unveiling, on May 7, 1824, was the most significant artistic event of the year, and the work remains one of the most precedent-shattering and influential compositions in the history of music—a reference point and inspiration that resonates even today. But in The Ninth, eminent music historian Harvey Sachs demonstrates that Beethoven was not alone in his discontent with the state of the world. Lord Byron died in 1824 during an attempt to free Greece from the domination of the Ottoman empire; Delacroix painted a masterpiece in support of that same cause; Pushkin, suffering at the hands of an autocratic czar, began to draft his anti-authoritarian play Boris Godunov; and Stendhal and Heine wrote works that mocked conventional ways of thinking.

The Ninth Symphony was so unorthodox that it amazed and confused listeners at its premiere—described by Sachs in vibrant detail—yet it became a standard for subsequent generations of creative artists, and its composer came to embody the Romantic cult of genius. In this unconventional, provocative new book, Beethoven’s masterwork becomes a prism through which we may view the politics, aesthetics, and overall climate of the era.

Part biography, part history, part memoir, The Ninth brilliantly explores the intricacies of Beethoven’s last symphony—how it brought forth the power of the individual while celebrating the collective spirit of humanity.

Synopsis:

An analysis of Beethoven's seminal Ninth Symphony identifies it as a key cultural event that reflected major social upheavals, from the emergence of a dynamic Western world and changes in philosophical perspectives on individuality.

About the Author

Harvey Sachs is a writer and music historian and the author or co-author of eight previous books, of which there have been more than fifty editions in fifteen languages. He has written for The New Yorker and many other publications, has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and is currently on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

A grand symphony with many voices — 1824, or how artists internalize revolution — Imagining the ninth — To begin anew — Postlude.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588369819
Subtitle:
Beethoven and the World in 1824
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Sachs, Harvey
Author:
Harvey Sachs
Author:
itarian play Boris Godunov
Subject:
History : Europe - General
Subject:
Music : Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Subject:
Music -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Music-Chamber and Symphony
Subject:
Music - Classical
Subject:
Music - General
Subject:
World History-European History General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100615
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
225

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History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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