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First-Person Beethoven

Mark Evan Bonds

in The Beethoven Syndrome: Hearing Music as Autobiography

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190068479
eISBN:
9780190068509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190068479.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

With the growing perception of composers as oracles, the person of Beethoven became the key to understanding his music. The reminiscences, biographies, and letters that came to light in the years ... More


Taking Music Off the Pedestal

Bernard D. Sherman

in Inside Early Music: Conversations with Performers

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195169454
eISBN:
9780199865017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169454.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Was Ludwig van Beethoven the first great Romantic or the last great Classic? If you believe the movies or the booklet notes for certain mass-market CDs, he was the ultimate Romantic, the rebel who ... More


An Unlicked Bear

Peter Kivy

in The Possessor and the Possessed: Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Idea of Musical Genius

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300087581
eISBN:
9780300135114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300087581.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

This chapter provides a philosophical interpretation of the conception of composer Ludwig van Beethoven as a genius. It suggests that the genius myth which was built up by the German and French ... More


Hearing Composers in Their Works

Mark Evan Bonds

in The Beethoven Syndrome: Hearing Music as Autobiography

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190068479
eISBN:
9780190068509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190068479.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Because of its inherently abstract nature, untethered to the demands of language or representation, instrumental music was the art form that more than any other was deemed capable of revealing ... More


Beethoven Again

Peter Kivy

in The Possessor and the Possessed: Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Idea of Musical Genius

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300087581
eISBN:
9780300135114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300087581.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

This chapter examines some issues related to the artistic genius of Ludwig van Beethoven. It analyzes what might be called a sociological and political reduction or deconstruction of the notion of ... More


The Life in Music

Catherine Jones

in Literature and Music in the Atlantic World, 1767-1867

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748684618
eISBN:
9781474406369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684618.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter examines the significance of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, and of European constructions of his life and works, to New England Transcendentalism. In so doing, it shows the ... More


Youthful Decrepitude (1834–1835)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Admittedly, during the previous decade, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy had already engaged Ludwig van Beethoven's music in a series of compositions. Writing to Felix, Fanny Hensel observed that her ... More


Beethoven’s Unfinished Piano Trio in F Minor from 1816

William Kinderman

in The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtág

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037160
eISBN:
9780252094286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037160.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter concerns Beethoven's Piano Trio in F Minor, which would have become one of Beethoven's major chamber works had it been completed. It first examines the sketches in Beethoven's ... More


Palestrina and Beethoven

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0028
Subject:
Music, History, Western

It is always a good plan to revise one's stock of opinions and ideas, and to consider whether they are really correct. Thus, it is always customary to speak of Giovanni Palestrina as “unemotional,” ... More


Tuba Concerto

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0091
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The form of the Tuba Concerto is nearer to the form of Johann Sebastian Bach than to that of the Viennese School, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven, though the first and last ... More


Gordon Jacob, Passacaglia on a Well-Known Theme

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0100
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The musical form known as “passacaglia,” which is first cousin to the “chaconne” and “ground” of Henry Purcell, has always been a favorite device with composers. The violin chaconne and the organ ... More


Sir Donald Tovey

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Here indeed was the quintessence of Donald Tovey: unfailing memory, encyclopadic knowledge, and unerring artistic insight. Add to this a delightful literary style and a rare sense of humor, and one ... More


There Is No Such Thing as the Composer’s Voice

Seth Brodsky

in The Voice as Something More: Essays toward Materiality

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226656397
eISBN:
9780226656427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226656427.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter revisits a venerable trope in music studies—“the composer’s voice” as coined by Edward T. Cone in 1974—from the perspective of a “long modernism” that stretches back to the early 19th ... More


The Romantic Movement and Its Results

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The beginning of the romantic movement is to be found in the reaction against formal perfection that followed the death of Ludwig van Beethoven. Like so many other new movements, the romantic school ... More


The Structural Role of Formal Contrast in Beethoven's Piano Sonata op. 101 and Bartók's Third String Quartet

Jee Yeon Ryu

in The String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Tradition and Legacy in Analytical Perspective

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199936182
eISBN:
9780199361304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936182.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition, History, Western

For Beethoven and Bartók, the employment of contrast became a major part of their stylistic and structural vocabulary in the works of their middle and late periods. In Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op.101 ... More


Musical analysis for multimedia: A perspective from music theory

David Bashwiner

in The Psychology of Music in Multimedia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199608157
eISBN:
9780191761225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608157.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter examines the contribution that traditional music theory and analysis can make to empirical psychological studies of multimedia. Two pieces are examined in detail: Samuel Barber’s Adagio ... More


Resemblance

Lawrence Kramer

in Interpreting Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267053
eISBN:
9780520947368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267053.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

The Allegro agitato section of Frédéric Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor comes to a memorable climax, the end of a story of thwarted purposes and hopes unrealized. The agitation in this ... More


Restoring Ingredients

Bernard D. Sherman

in Inside Early Music: Conversations with Performers

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195169454
eISBN:
9780199865017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169454.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In 1976, Andrew Porter wrote that audiences and pianists, having once discovered the tone colors, clarity and alertness of wooden-framed pianos with thin strings and buckskin-covered hammers, will ... More


Influence

Lawrence Kramer

in Interpreting Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267053
eISBN:
9780520947368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267053.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

There are many examples of musical influence. The young Ludwig van Beethoven was influenced by Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but cut loose, became himself, and influenced everyone ... More


The String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Tradition and Legacy in Analytical Perspective

Dániel Péter Biró and Harald Krebs (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199936182
eISBN:
9780199361304
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936182.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition, History, Western

Bartók’s six string quartets, generally acknowledged as being crowning achievements of twentieth-century chamber music, were influenced by a number of traditions: the European classical tradition ... More


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