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Author Mathew, Nicholas.

Title Political Beethoven / Nicholas Mathew.

Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    780.92 Beethoven,L MAT    Available
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Description xvii, 273 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm.
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Series New perspectives in music history and criticism
New perspectives in music history and criticism.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-265) and index.
Contents Introduction: political collaborations -- Music between myth and history -- Beethoven's moments -- The sounds of power and the power of sound -- The inner public -- After the war.
Summary "Musicians, music lovers, and music critics have typically considered Beethoven's overtly political music as an aberration - at best, it is merely notorious; at worst, it is denigrated and ignored. In Political Beethoven Nicholas Mathew returns to the musical and social contexts of the composer's political music throughout his career - from the early marches and anti-French war songs of the 1790s to the grand orchestral and choral works for the Congress of Vienna - to argue that this marginalized functional art has much to teach us about the lofty Beethovenian sounds that came to define serious music in the nineteenth century. Beethoven's much-maligned political compositions, Mathew shows, lead us into the intricate political and aesthetic contexts that shaped all of his oeuvre, thus revealing the stylistic, ideological, and psycho-social mechanisms that gave Beethoven's music such a powerful voice - a voice susceptible to repeated political appropriation, even to the present day."--Jacket.
Subject Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 -- Appreciation.
Music -- Political aspects -- History.
ISBN 9781107005891 (hardback ; alk. paper)
1107005892 (hardback ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40022060250

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