Beethoven And His 9 Symphonies

Beethoven And His 9 Symphonies

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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.
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Product details

  • Book | 415 pages
  • 137.41 x 202.18 x 20.32mm | 412.77g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • music
  • 0486203344
  • 9780486203348
  • 822,672

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"
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About Sir George Grove

George Grove (1820-1900) was an English writer on music and the founding editor of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
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