Studies in Beethoven Bibliography: English-Language Dissertations on Beethoven

By Elliott, Patricia | The Beethoven Newsletter, Summer 1989 | Go to article overview

Studies in Beethoven Bibliography: English-Language Dissertations on Beethoven


Elliott, Patricia, The Beethoven Newsletter


The following list includes English-language doctoral dissertations completed between 1953-1989, with a supplementary list of dissertations in progress. The list was compiled from Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI) (through June 1989) and Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology (7th cumulative ed., 1984 and 1986-1988 supplements). When available, volume and page numbers for abstracts in DAI are given, followed by order numbers from University Microfilms International. Abstract citations in RILM are added for a few not listed in DAI.

The dissertations selected for this list all include "Beethoven" as a keyword in the title. The majority were completed for degrees in musicology, but dissertations for performance, theory, and education degrees are also included. Taped performances of Beethoven's music have been excluded. For those dissertations comprised of two or three unrelated topics, only that part that deals with Beethoven has been cited.

The dissertations are listed by subject, and no "see references" have been given in cases where a dissertation could be included in more than one category.

Future issues of the Newsletter will list non-English language dissertations and more general dissertations in English that include substantive discussions of Beethoven and his music. We ask for the assistance of our readers in bringing any additions and corrections to our attention, particularly when in-progress dissertations are completed. Please write to the Curator, Beethoven Center, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0171.

1. History and criticism

Ia. Reception history

Chan, Anne Hui-Hua. Beethoven in the United States to 1865 (Ph.D., Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976), 238 pp. DAI 38/2:536-A; 77-17308.

Levy, David Benjamin. Early Performances of Beethoven 's Ninth Symphony: a Documentary Study of Five Cities (Ph.D., Univ. of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, 1980), 454 pp. DAI 40/10:5243-A; 80-05140.

Wallace, Robin Evan. Contemporaneous Criticism of Beethoven, a case Study in Musical Aesthetics (Ph.D., Yale Univ., 1984),293 pp. DAI 47/6:1924-A. Rev. and pub. as: Beethoven's Critics: Aesthetic Dilemmas and Resolutions During the Composer's Lifetime (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986). 184 pp.

Ib Performance practice.s

Arm, Theodore Emanuel. An Examination of Selected Excerpts from the Violin I and II Parts of Beethoven, Op. 130, with Suggestionsfor Bowing, Fingering, and Phrasing, and with Detailed Comments (Ph.D.Juilliard School, 1975).

Beers, Deborah Yardley. "Bebung" in Beethoven?: the Meaning and Execution of the Composer's Indications for Change of Fingers on Tied Notes in the Piano Works (D.M.A., Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, 1984), 87 pp. DAI 46/2:294-A; 85-08938.

Goldstein, Joanna. An Analysis of Interpretation in Selected Recorded Performances of Beethoven's "Sonata, Opus 11 !"(Ph.D., New York Univ., 1985), 545 pp. DAl 46/8:2122-A. Rev. and pub. as: A Beethoven Enigma. Performance Practice and the Piano Sonata, Opus 111 (New York: Peter Lang, 1988). 309 pp.

Johansen, Gail Nelson. Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Violin, Op. 12, No. 1 and Op 96: a Performance Practice Study (D.MA, Stanford Univ., 1981 ), 120 pp. DAI 42/2:445-A; 81-15843.

McKinney, William Bruce. Gustav Mahler's Score of the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, a Document of Orchestral Performance Practice in the Nineteenth-Century (Ph.D., Univ. of Cincinnati, 1974).

Mueller, Erwin Carl. Ë Tympani Method Based on the Performance Practices of Edward M. Metzenger with an Application of these Practices to the Symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms (DA, Ball State Univ., 1976), 439 pp. DAI 37/10:6l32-A; 77-08659.

Riggs, Robert Daniel. Articulation in Mozart's and Beethoven 's Sonatas for Piano and Violin: Source-Critical and Analytic Studies (Ph.D., Harvard Univ., 1987), 461 pp. DAI 48/11:2760-A; 88-00842.

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