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Author Tunbridge, Laura, 1974- author.

Title Beethoven : a life in nine pieces / Laura Tunbridge.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2020.


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    780.92 Beethoven,L TUN    Available
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Description xii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Note "Original edition first published by Penguin Books Ltd, London."--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A note on Beethoven's finances -- A note on musical terms -- Introduction: beginnings -- Success: Septet, op. 20 (1800) -- Friends: Violin Sonata no. 9, op. 47, the 'Kreutzer' (1803) -- Heroism: Symphony no. 3, op. 55, the 'Eroica' (1804) -- Ambition: Choral Fantasy, op. 80 (1808) -- Love: 'An die Geliebte', WoO 140 (1812) -- Liberty: Fidelio, op. 72 (1814) -- Family: Piano Sonata no. 29, op. 106, the 'Hammerklavier' (1818) -- Spirit: Missa solemnis, op. 123 (1823) -- Endings: String Quartet, op. 130, and the 'Grosse Fuge', op. 133 (1826) -- Coda.
Summary The iconic image of Beethoven is of him as a lone genius: hair wild, fists clenched, and brow furrowed. Beethoven may well have shaped the music of the future, but he was also a product of his time, influenced by the people, politics, and culture around him. Oxford scholar Laura Tunbridge offers an alternative history of Beethoven's career, placing his music in contexts that shed light on why particular pieces are valued more than others, and what this tells us about his larger-than-life reputation. Each chapter focuses on a period of his life, a piece of music, and a revealing theme, from family to friends, from heroism to liberty. We discover, along the way, Beethoven's unusual marketing strategies, his ambitious concert programming, and how specific performers and instruments influenced his works.
Subject Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Septet, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, op. 20, E♭ major.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Sonatas, violin, piano, no. 9, op. 47, A major.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Symphonies, no. 3, op. 55, E♭ major.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Fantasien, piano, mixed voices, orchestra, op. 80, C minor.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. An die Geliebte (1814)
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Fidelio (1814)
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Sonatas, piano, no. 29, op. 106, B♭ major.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Missa solemnis.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Quartets, violins (2), viola, cello, no. 13, op. 130, B♭ major.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Grosse Fuge, violins (2), viola, cello.
Composers -- Germany -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9780300254587

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