Schubert's Beethoven Project

Schubert's Beethoven Project

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Why couldn't Schubert get his 'great' C-Major Symphony performed? Why was he the first composer to consistently write four movements for his piano sonatas? Since neither Schubert's nor Beethoven's piano sonatas were ever performed in public, who did hear them? Addressing these questions and many others, John M. Gingerich provides a new understanding of Schubert's career and his relationship to Beethoven. Placing the genres of string quartet, symphony, and piano sonata within the cultural context of the 1820s, the book examines how Schubert was building on Beethoven's legacy. Gingerich brings new understandings of how Schubert tried to shape his career to bear on new hermeneutic readings of the works from 1824 to 1828 that share musical and extra-musical pre-occupations, centering on the 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet and the Cello Quintet, as well as on analyses of the A-minor Quartet, the Octet, and of the 'great' C-Major Symphony.
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Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 10 tables 83 music examples
  • 1139032194
  • 9781139032193

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'... presents intriguing evidence that Schubert followed Beethoven's example by composing substantial works such as symphonies, piano sonatas, and string quartets for public performance and publication ... Gingerich's investigation casts new light on Schubert's late instrumental works and shows how, even though inspired by Beethoven, Schubert imbued them with his highly personal style. A thought-provoking contribution to Schubert scholarship ... Essential.' D. Arnold, Choice
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Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Preparations; 2. The year of crisis, 1823; 3. Schuppanzigh and Schubert's chamber music; 4. Songs of death and the chamber music of 1824; 5. Schubert's first public quartet and sonata form; 6. Schubert's octet and Beethoven's septet; 7. The Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Schubert, and his symphony; 8. Schubert's heroic symphony; 9. The piano sonatas of 1825-6; 10. Schubert and his publishers; 11. The E flat trio, Schubert's career, and its last two movements; 12. Schubert's annus mirabilis and the string quintet; Bibliography.
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About John Michael Gingerich

John M. Gingerich has published articles on Ignaz Schuppanzigh's premieres of Beethoven's late quartets, and on Schubert's C-Major Quintet, his Symphony in B-Minor ('Unfinished') and on his Latin Masses. He has been awarded ACLS and NEH Fellowships for his work on Schubert.
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