BeethovenBook - 2000
This major new study of Beethoven and his music is written as a single, continuous narrative, using a strictly chronological approach that enables each work to be seen against the musical and biographical background from which it emerged. The result is a much closer integration of life andworks than is often achieved. The approach works particularly well for Beethoven for two reasons. Firstly, composition was his central preoccupation for most of his life: 'I live entirely in my music', he once wrote. Secondly, recent study of his large numbers of musical sketches has enabled amuch clearer picture of his everyday compositional activity than was previously possible, leading to many new insights into the interaction between his life and music. The volume concentrates on Beethoven's artistic achievements both by examining the origins of his works and by commentary on some oftheir most striking and original features. Statements in earlier biographies have been treated with caution, and have been accepted only where they are supported by sound evidence. Everythingeven down to the translations of individual German wordshas been reassessed as far as is feasible, in an effort to avoide recycling old errors. Manywell-known but fictitious anecdotes have thereby been eliminated, while conversely numerous details discovered in recent years have been incorporated into a general Beethoven biography for the first timenotably information derived from sketch studies and from a new edition for correspondence. Thisvolume reaches many fresh conclusions that should be of interest to both specialists and the general musical public.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
Characteristics: xvi, 410 p.,  p. of plates : ill., music ; 25 cm