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  • Title: Beethoven's Symphonies: An Artistic Vision
  • Author: Lewis Lockwood
  • ISBN: 9780393353853
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback

  • More than any other composer, Beethoven left to posterity a vast body of material that documents the early stages of almost everything he wrote From this trove of sketchbooks, Lewis Lockwood draws us into the composer s mind, unveiling a creative process of astonishing scope and originality.For musicians and nonmusicians alike, Beethoven s symphonies stand at the summit oMore than any other composer, Beethoven left to posterity a vast body of material that documents the early stages of almost everything he wrote From this trove of sketchbooks, Lewis Lockwood draws us into the composer s mind, unveiling a creative process of astonishing scope and originality.For musicians and nonmusicians alike, Beethoven s symphonies stand at the summit of artistic achievement, loved today as they were two hundred years ago for their emotional cogency, variety, and unprecedented individuality Beethoven labored to complete nine of them over his lifetime a quarter of Mozart s output and a tenth of Haydn s yet no musical works are iconic, indelibly stamped on the memory of anyone who has heard them They are the products of an imagination that drove the composer to build out of the highest musical traditions of the past something startlingly new.Lockwood brings to bear a long career of studying the surviving sources that yield insight into Beethoven s creative work, including concept sketches for symphonies that were never finished From these, Lockwood offers fascinating revelations into the historical and biographical circumstances in which the symphonies were composed In this compelling story of Beethoven s singular ambition, Lockwood introduces readers to the symphonies as individual artworks, broadly tracing their genesis against the backdrop of political upheavals, concert life, and their relationship to his major works in other genres From the first symphonies, written during his emerging deafness, to the monumental Ninth, Lockwood brings to life Beethoven s lifelong passion to compose works of unsurpassed beauty.
    Lewis Lockwood
    Lewis Lockwood taught at Princeton and Harvard universities, where he is Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Emeritus His Beethoven The Music and the Life was a Pulitzer Prize finalist He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.


    Commentaires:

    Adriana
    Beethoven was a genius. There’s no doubt about it. What this book does is plainly illustrate how his genius worked. Working from anecdotal data and the composer’s own sketchbooks, Lockwood reconstructs the process each piece went thru and follows that with an in depth explanation of what makes each movement unique. This makes for some heavily technical music theory that read like gibberish to me but made perfect sense to my dad when I asked him about it. I guess being a classically trained p [...]

    Robin Friedman
    A New Study Of Beethoven's SymphoniesI have loved Beethoven's music since childhood with what I hope is increased understanding and inspiration. An early book that I have returned to over the years in listening to Beethoven's symphonies is George Grove's 1896, "Beethoven and his Nine Symphonies" which remains in print and which has taught me a great deal. As a late Victorian, Grove adored Beethoven. He wrote in the concluding paragraph of his book."These great works he did as no one ever did, an [...]

    David Holoman
    This book is for professionals and serious enthusiasts, and as such is a bit over my head. Each of the symphonies has a chapter write up, along with intro and epilogue chapters. The aspect that put the book on my radar was the report of new information on the sketches or formative material that Beethoven used. The writing falls into three types: 1) Meta information about what was going with Beethoven and the world when he wrote each work. This is the most accessible information, useful and enter [...]

    Cinematic Cteve
    Erudite and exquisitely written, this book makes an excellent companion to the symphonies of its inspiration. Lockwood clearly loves Beethoven, which makes this a joy to read, but it's his lucid explanation of music theory coupled with exhaustive historical research into Beethoven's later years in the early 19th century that puts this over the top. Accessible scholarship; as uplifting as the Ode to Joy.

    Ben Kuhn
    This book is for the orchestral junkie. It contains the musical and historical contexts of the symphonies, musical analysis (although this is not the primary goal of this work) and the tracing of the birth of Beethoven's musical ideas in his composition sketch books. In each chapter you will find each of these elements in different capacities. The book is laid out with one chapter per symphony, plus a introduction, epilogue and lengthy appendix. I'll be straightforward: it can be a bit heady at [...]

    Joshua Thompson
    What I liked most of this thin volumes (230 pages of content) was its singular focus. Lockwood discussed not only each symphony's creation (including a lot of great information gleaned from Beethoven's sketchbooks), but also details of other compositions of his (and others) with similar innovations. And I also liked his emphasis on what else Beethoven was composing at the time as it presented a more complete picture of the master and his craft.

    Caitlin
    Best read while blasting the referenced symphonies through a high-quality headset. I love you, Beethoven.

    Lisa
    Wow--truly a book for the Beethoven student/fan. I admit most of the technical music theory was beyond my understanding. However, the other information about the process of the musician's writing was very interesting. I received this book via the First Reads program. Thank you!

    Tim
    Fate, knocking on the library door as it were.

    Ruben
    Much of this book was over my head, but what I could get I really liked. I could see coming back to it when I know more.

    Ivan
    Beautiful.

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