Synopses & Reviews
This classic of music analysis by a noted musicologist offers revealing insights into Beethoven's personality and music. George Grove, the founding editor of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians,
interweaves fascinating background information on the composer's historical era with quotations, letters, and anecdotes. He examines the nine symphonies in chronological order, movement by movement, illustrating his points with numerous excerpts — more than 400 in all.
In addition to emphasizing the uniqueness of Beethoven's music and its iconoclastic renunciation of established musical theory, Grove comments at length on the relation of the symphonies to the minor works, events in the composer's personal life, the conditions under which he worked, and other fascinating details. Examples of Beethoven's correspondence include several letters to the Countess Theresa and the famous letter to his brothers Carl and Johann.
Thorough history, analysis, commentary on symphonies and some revealed pieces. Includes 436 musical passages.
Classic of music analysis by a noted musicologist for those with a serious interest in Beethoven's symphonies. Fascinating background on composer's historical era, plus quotations, letters, and anecdotes. Includes 436 musical passages.
A classic of music analysis, this volume will inspire readers with a serious interest in Beethoven's symphonies. Noted musicologist George Grove interweaves fascinating background information on the composer's historical era with quotations, letters, and anecdotes that reveal Beethoven's personality and offer revealing insights into his music. Includes 436 musical passages.
Table of Contents
Preface List of Symphonies Symphony No. 1 Advertisement Symphony No. 2 Beethoven's "Testament" Symphony No. 3 Do. No. 4 The Love-Letters Beethoven at Gneixendorf Symphony No. 5 Do. No. 6 Do. No. 7 Do. No. 8 Do. No. 9 Schiller's Ode "An die Freude"