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Beethoven The Music and the Life

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ISBN-10: 0393050815

ISBN-13: 9780393050813

Edition: 2002

Authors: Lewis Lockwood

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This brilliant portrayal weaves Beethoven's musical and biographical stories into their historical and artistic contexts. Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent personal, historical, political, and cultural frameworks in which Beethoven worked and examines their effects on his music. Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 50 illustrations.
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 624
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.70" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Lewis Lockwood is Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Emeritus at Harvard University. His publications include Beethoven: Studies in the Creative Process. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Prologue. Youth, Maturity, Old Age: Three Letters
1787: The Death of Beethoven's Mother
1812: Letter to a Child
1826: The Old Child
Life and Works
The Early Years 1770-1792
Bonn as a Musical Center
Bach from the Hands of Neefe
Kant, Schiller, and the Enlightenment
Max Franz and the Mozart Legacy
Family, Friends, and Patrons
To Vienna in Search of Mozart
The Last Years in Bonn
Waldstein's Prophecy
Music of the Bonn Years
Early Keyboard Music
"This passage has been stolen from Mozart"
Composing and Sketching
Cantatas for Two Emperors
The First Maturity 1792-1802
The First Years in Vienna
The Political Atmosphere
Vienna as a Musical Center
Confronting the Viennese Aristocracy
Playing for an Elector and a King
Entering the Publishing World
Music of the First Vienna Years
Revising Earlier Works
Chamber Music and Piano Sonatas
Years of Crisis
The Heiligenstadt Testament
Music for and with Piano
The "New Way" and the Early Sketchbooks
A Laboratory of Invention: More Piano Sonatas
From Convention to Originality: Piano Variations
New Violin Sonatas
The Earlier Piano Concertos
Music for Orchestra and the First Quartets
The First Symphony and the Prometheus Ballet
The French Dimension and Military Music
The Second Symphony
Opus 18: "I have now learned how to write string quartets"
The First Maturity: An Overview
The Second Maturity 1802-1812
Beethoven in the New Age
Napoleon and Self-Made Greatness
Beethoven and His Milieu
Relations with Women
New Symphonic Ideals
The Heroic and the Beautiful
The Third Symphony (Eroica)
The Fourth Symphony
The Fifth and Sixth ("Pastoral") Symphonies
The Seventh and Eighth Symphonies
The Mature Concertos
The New Symphonie concertante: The Triple Concerto
The Fourth Piano Concerto
The Violin Concerto
The "Emperor" Concerto
Music for the Stage
The Opera Leonore and Its Overtures
The Coriolanus Overture
Incidental Music for Goethe's Egmont
Vocal Music
Oratorio and Mass
The Songs
Beethoven at the Keyboard
Improvising and Composing at the Piano
The "Waldstein" and "Appassionata" Sonatas
Piano Sonatas Opp. 79-81a
Lyrical and Monumental Chamber Music
String Quartets
The "Razumovsky" Quartets
The "Harp" Quartet and the "Quartetto Serioso"
The Final Maturity 1813-1827
The "Fallow" Years
The Congress of Vienna
Lighter Works
Celebrating Wellington's Victory
New Sonatas
An die ferne Geliebte
Emergence of the Late Style
Beethoven's Inner and Outer Worlds
Isolation and Deafness
The Guardianship Struggle
"The human brain ... is not a salable commodity"
The Final Projects
Bringing the Past into the Present
The Third Maturity
Beethoven's Knowledge of Bach and Handel
Late Piano Music
The Hammerklavier Sonata, Opus 106
Piano Sonatas Opp. 109-111
The "Diabelli" Variations
The Late Bagatelles
The Celestial and the Human
The Missa solemnis
The Ninth Symphony
The Political Background of the Ninth
Changing Views of the Ninth
Composing the Ninth
The Character of the Ninth
Timeless Music: The Last Quartets
Opus 127
Opus 132
Opus 130 and the Grand Fugue
Opus 131
Opus 135
Final Thoughts
Classified Index of Beethoven's Works
Index of Beethoven's Works by Opus Number
General Index