Beethoven's Symphonies

Nine Approaches to Art and Ideas

Beethoven's Symphonies

Geck, Martin

Editorial University Of Chicago Press
Fecha de edición junio 2017 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9780226453880
192 páginas
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Resumen del libro

In the years spanning from 1800 to 1824, Ludwig van Beethoven completed nine symphonies, now considered among the greatest masterpieces of Western music. Yet despite the fact that this time period, located in the wake of the Enlightenment and at the peak of romanticism, was one of rich intellectual exploration and social change, the influence of such threads of thought on Beethovens work has until now remained hidden beneath the surface of the notes. Beethovens Symphonies presents a fresh look at the great composers approach and the ideas that moved him, offering a lively account of the major themes unifying his radically diverse output.

Martin Geck opens the book with an enthralling series of cultural, political, and musical motifs that run throughout the symphonies. A leading theme is Beethovens intense intellectual and emotional engagement with the figure of Napoleon, an engagement that survived even Beethovens disappointment with Napoleons decision to be crowned emperor in 1804. Geck also delves into the unique ways in which Beethoven approached beginnings and finales in his symphonies, as well as his innovative use of particular instruments. He then turns to the individual symphonies, tracing elements'a pitch, a chord, a musical theme'that offer a new way of thinking about each work and will make even the most devoted fans of Beethoven admire the symphonies anew.

Offering refreshingly inventive readings of the work of one of historys greatest composers, this book shapes a fascinating picture of the symphonies as a cohesive oeuvre and of Beethoven as a master symphonist.




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