The Beethoven Journal

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 1, Summer

Beethoven Auction Report December 1999 and May 2000
AS A PRELUDE TO THE AUCTIONS HELD AT SOTHEBY'S London rooms on December 8-9, 1999, I report on two sales which took place in the last quarter of 1999. While somewhat removed from the world of antiquarian music, the total sales of each represented eye-opening...
Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved"
Oldrich Pulkert's presentation and edition of Jaroslav Celeda's manuscript "Immortal Beloved," further revised by Hans-Werner Küthen and translated by William MeredithTranslator's preface:The riddle of the identity of the woman Beethoven fell in love...
Conference Report: "Biography and the Creative Process in Beethoven: Foundations, Tendendencies, Perspectives," Berlin, June 30 - July 3, 1999
TRANSLATED BY ROBERT PORTILLOTHE FACT THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO GREAT INCREASE IN BIOGRAPHICAL STUDIES IN MUSICOLOGY for some time is attributable to the recent polemic against the heroic historical interpretations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,...
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor:In response to Mrs. Lund's letter to the editor in the Winter 1999 issue of the Journal, it was never my intent to disparage the depth of her background research. That has always impressed me in spite of our considerable differences in interpretation.I...
Miscellanea: Mortal Musings: Testing the Candidacy of Almerie Esterházy against the Antonie Brentano Theory
In the famous chapter on the Immortal Beloved found in his biography of Beethoven, Maynard Solomon remarks in a footnote that "There is still room for a reasonable doubt" about his solution of Antonie Brentano as the Immortal Beloved. Keeping such room...
Recent Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Books, Music Editions, and Facsimiles (1997-2000)
THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTIONS OF BOOKS AND SCORES RECENTLY ACQUIRED BY THE BEETHOVEN CENTER are intended to aid readers in selecting new publications that appeal to their individual interests. Part I, Books for the General Reader, encompasses biographies,...
Specter of Austria's Nazi Past Haunts "Ode to Joy" at Mauthausen
PERHAPS THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL BEETHOVEN PERFORMANCE OF OUR ERA took place on May 7 in Austria, when the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Singverein under British conductor Sir Simon Rattle performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in the former Mauthausen...
The 1999-2000 Season of the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society
THE 1999-2000 SEASON, WHICH MARKED THE MILLENNIUM, also marked the fifth anniversary of the founding of the New York Chapter. A major goal, stated in 1995 when we established the chapter, is to provide our members - as well as the public - with programs...
The Newly Discovered Quartet Movement by Beethoven
I. The DiscoveryOn October 7, 1999 it was announced to an astonished world that the autograph score of an entirely unknown string quartet movement by Beethoven had been discovered. The manuscript, which contains a complete 23-measure Allegretto in B...