Recent Beethoven Publications and Related Books 2010-2012

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The following descriptions of books, scores, and manuscript facsimiles recendy acquired by the Beethoven Center are intended to aid readers in selecting new publications that appeal to their individual interests. Part I, "All (or Mosdy) About Beethoven," includes biographical and historical studies, criticism, children's books, and dramatic works in several languages that will be of interest to both general readers and specialists. Recent manuscript facsmiles, critical reports, and editions of Beethoven s music are also listed in Part I. Part II, "Other Books for the General Reader" describes a few books in English on peripheral subjects, and Part III contains critical, analytical, and practical studies for the specialist. Please note that beginning with the next issue, we will no longer be listing self-published books.

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Part I. All (or Mostly) About Beethoven

A. Children's books

Besuch bei Beethoven: ein Buch für Kinder, Eltern, Lehrer und andere Beethoven-Freunde. [Visit with Beethoven: a Book for Children, Parents, Teachers, and other Beethoven Friends.] With Martella GutiérrezDenhoff, Dieter Naumann, and others. Bonn: Verlag Beethoven-Haus; Carus, 201 1. 72 pp. ISBN 978-3-881 88? 15-2 (hardbound): euro10 ($14). In German, www.carus-verlag.com

This corrected reprint of the edition first published in 1999 introduces Beethoven as the composer of "ta ta ta taaa" (the opening theme of the Fifth Symphony) and then leads readers on a illustrated tour to better acquaint themselves with the man and his music. The tour begins at the Beethoven-Haus with Beethoven's family and his early life in Bonn. A short excursion to Vienna touches on Beethoven's musical training, manuscripts, instruments, appearance in authentic portraits, everyday life, struggle with deafness, and a litde information about his compositions. For a diversion, the book supplies a few puzzles and short quizzes. Letters to Beethoven written by children at a workshop at die Beedioven-Haus are reproduced and transcribed on die endpapers.

Martin, Russell and Lydia Nibley. Betoben no shinjitsu: ihatsu ni kakusareta nazo o o [Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair]. Translated by Kodama Atsuko. Tokyo: Pieichipikenkyujo, 2012. 157 pp. ISBN 978-4-569-78236-2 (hardback). In Japanese. A few copies of this book are available for sale at the Center for $25 plus tax and shipping (call for 408-808-2058 to order).

The Beethoven Center provided several illustrations for this Japanese translation of the children's version of Beethoven's Hair published in English in 2009 under the title The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair.

Walbracker, Dirk. Ludwig von Beethoven. Illustrated by Maren Blaschke. Komponistenporträts für Kinder. Mainz: Schott Music, 201 1 . 32 pp. + 1 CD. ISBN 978-3-7957-0776-7 (hardbound): euro19.99 ($27). In German, www.schott-music.com

Beethoven himself narrates this whimsically illustrated life story, which covers his childhood to the triumph of the first performance of the Ninth Symphony. Although clearly intended for children, adult readers will be amused by the delightfully detailed pictures, many of which are based on authentic portraits, documents, and objects. On a map of Europe printed on the endpapers, Beethoven tags the cities and towns that were important in his autobiography. Each page also includes important little facts that Beethoven does not happen to mention. Brief lists of important dates, names and works, a glossary of musical terms, and short quiz are included at the end. An accompanying compact disc contains recorded excerpts of works of various genres. …