The Beethoven Journal

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Summer

Beethoven and George Thomson: A New Letter Fragment from 1816
In his 1956 summary of the correspondence between Ludwig van Beethoven and George Thomson, Donald MacArdle noted parenthetically that Thomson's letter of October 20, 1816, to Beethoven "... as it appears in Thomson's Letterbook is apparently incomplete."1...
Beethoven Auction Report (2008), Including an Addendum for 2007 on the Schram Collection Beethoven Letter
Christie's, The Albin Schram Collection of Autograph Letters, London, July 3, 2007Sotheby's, Music, London, May 15, 2008I begin by reporting on an auction from last summer that unfortunately escaped my attention. Christie's in London auctioned a remarkable...
BEETHOVEN Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D, Op. 61; MENDELSSOHN Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 64
"BEETHOVEN Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D, Op. 61 ; MENDELSSOHN Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 64." Nikolaj Znaider, violin; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. Beethoven Concerto (72:20); Mendelssohn Concerto...
Beethoven Hammerklavier Conducted by Parallel Lives. Jon Sakata, Piano
"Beethoven Hammerklavier conducted by Parallel Lives. Jon Sakata, piano." Michael Gardiner and John Latartara, computer processing; Jon Sakata, piano. 38:23. One paragraph of notes in English. Recorded 2004 and 2005 In Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts,...
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Sonatas Nos. 22 & 23 'Appassionata'
"Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 ; Piano Sonatas Nos. 22 & 23 'Appassionata'." Sviatoslav Richter; Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch. Notes by Richard Freed in English, German, and French. Concerto no. 1 (21:41); Sonata in F Major,...
Beethoven's Last Two Folksong Settings and Their Origins: Austrian Folksongs with Their Melodies (1819)
The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies has recently acquired a volume of Austrian folksongs published in 1819. Its connection with Beethoven is that this publication provided the source for two of his folksong settings - "Der Knabe auf dem...
BEETHOVEN. Sonatas and Variations for Cello and Piano/BEETHOVEN. Cello Sonatas 1 & 3, Variations
"BEETHOVEN. Sonatas and Variations for Cello and Piano" (2 CDs). Bion Tsang, cello; Anton Nel, piano. Sonata no. 1 in F Major, Opus 5, no. 1 (24:36); no. 2 in G Minor, Opus 5, no. 2 (27:58); no. 3 in A Major, Opus 69 (27:20); no. 4 in C Major, Opus 102,...
Beethoven Symphony No 3 'Eroica'; Leonore Overture No 2
"Beethoven Symphony No 3 'Eroica'; Leonore Overture no 2." Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra. Eroica Symphony (49: 11); Leonore Overture (15:00). Notes by Lindsay Kemp and Andrew Stewart in English, French, and German. Recorded live at...
Dwight's "Diarist" and "'John,' a Portland Boy": The 1858 Trans-Atlantic Voyage of Alexander Wheelock Thayer and John Knowles Paine
". . . Yet how few know that [Thayer] was instrumental in accompanying and guiding abroad in the musical paths he knew so well one who has since become perhaps the best known teacher and composer of music in this country, John KnowUs Paine. "1- James...
Ludwig Van Beethoven. Complete Works for Solo Piano
"Ludwig van Beethoven. Complete Works for Solo Piano." Ronald Bräutigam, fortepiano by Paul McNulty, 2001 , after an Anton Walter & Sohn instrument from c. 1802. Vol. 4: Sonata in Aflat Major, Opus 20 (18:21); Sonata in ?-flat Major, Opus 27, no....
Ludwig Van Beethoven. Dance
"Ludwig van Beethoven. Dance." Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by John Storgårds. Gratulations-Menuet, WoO 3 (1 822; 4:23); Twelve Contredanses, WoO 14 (1791?2; 1 1 :23); Twelve Minuets, WoO 7 (1795; 23:00); Ritterballett, WoO 1 (1790-91; 13:00); Twelve...
Recent Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Publications 2007-2008
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,...
To the Editor
Klaus Martin Kopitz's article (Beethoven Journal, summer 2007, pp. 25-30) on Beethoven's so-called "Sonata" in C Major, WoO 51, contains some most interesting information about both the work and the instrument for which it was written. I had seriously...
Was Beethoven Lead-Poisoned?
IntroductionDuring the past several years, numerous reports have appeared in the popular media claiming that Beethoven suffered from lead disease. That claim was based on the analysis of hairs from Beethoven's head, hairs that several of his admirers...