The Cambridge companion to Beethoven

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Stanley, Glenn.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Online Access: Onine version
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If there were a gigantic Beethoven puzzle with thousands of pieces, puzzle solvers could find in this volume a few of the defining pieces of that puzzle. Stanley (Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs) has collected 17 disparate articles with no real unifying theme other than the act of discovery in defining and discussing problems about Beethoven's music and its reception. This diversity can be seen simultaneously as a strength and a weakness. The editor chose contributors who are leading Beethoven scholars--e.g., Scott Burnham, Nicholas Marston, Barry Cooper, Elaine Sisman, Richard Kamien. Concentrating most heavily on genres and reception, the essays are short, averaging only 17 pages. Some are enlightening, for example, Nicholas Marston's "The Sense of an Ending." This volume will be used by undergraduates as a tasting menu of current research, and undergraduates and scholars alike will find ample further reading in the extensive, useful bibliography. Stanley's collection is recommended for academic libraries with extensive resources, where it will join the multivolume Beethoven Forum (1992- ; v. 1, CH, Apr'93), a similar Beethoven collection and a must-have. M. N.-H. Cheng; Colgate University

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