Beethoven's Critics : Aesthetic Dilemmas and Resolutions during the Composer's Lifetime (Reprint)

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Beethoven's Critics : Aesthetic Dilemmas and Resolutions during the Composer's Lifetime (Reprint)

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This 1990 book is a survey of the critical reaction to Beethoven's music as it appeared in the major musical journals, French as well as German, of his day, and represents the first published history of Beethoven reception. The author discusses the philosophical and analytical implications of these reviews and reassesses what has come to be the accepted view of a nineteenth-century musical aesthetics rooted in Romantic Idealism. Wallace sees Beethoven's critics as in fact providing a link between two apparently antithetical approaches to music: the eighteenth-century emphasis on expression and extra-musical interpretation and the nineteenth-century emphasis on 'absolute' music and formal analysis. This book thus provides, in addition to a carefully documented study of Beethoven's critical reception, a re-evaluation of his oeuvre and its significance in music history. An index of all reviews cited is provided, and a further appendix contains the quoted material in its original language.

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
1. The Leipzig Allgemeine, Musikalische Zeitung
2. Berlin and A. B. Marx 3. Other German
sources: the controversy over the late music
4. French Beethoven criticism
5. The Fifth Symphony
Conclusion
Appendix A. Index of reviews cited
Appendix B. Originals of quotes given in
translation
Notes
Bibliography
Index.