Beethoven : Symphony Number 9 (Cambridge Music Handbooks)


Beethoven : Symphony Number 9 (Cambridge Music Handbooks)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 133 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521399241
  • DDC分類 784.2184

Full Description

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is acknowledged as one of the supreme masterpieces of the Western tradition. More than any other musical work it has become an international symbol of unity and affirmation. Yet early critics rejected it as cryptic and eccentric, the product of a deaf and ageing composer. Nicholas Cook's guide charts the dramatic transformation in the reception of this work. The story begins in Vienna, with the responses of listeners at the first performance, and ends in contemporary China and Japan, where the symphony has acquired diametrically opposed interpretations. The account embraces many of the major figures of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, among them Wagner and Schenker. Including an account of the sketches, an examination of the performance tradition, and a suggested new interpretation, this book opens up new dimensions in our understanding of Beethoven's last symphony.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            vii
Sketches and myths 1 (25)
The sketches 1 (18)
The first performance 19 (7)
Early impressions 26 (22)
Vienna, 1824 26 (14)
London, 1825-52 40 (8)
Performance and tradition 48 (17)
The rise of the conductor-interpreter 48 (3)
The letter and the spirit 51 (14)
The Romantic Ninth 65 (16)
Interpretation and appreciation 65 (6)
Wagner's Ninth 71 (10)
The twentieth-century Ninth 81 (19)
The purely musical Ninth 81 (8)
Domesticating the Ninth 89 (11)
Conclusion Beyond interpretation? 100(5)
Appendices 105(13)
1 Schiller's `An die Freude' and the Ninth 105(5)
2 The text of the Ninth Symphony 110(8)
Jonathan Del Mar
Notes 118(11)
Select bibliography 129(2)
Index 131