Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Selected Recent Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Books and Music Scores

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Selected Recent Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Books and Music Scores

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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, histories, repertory guides and other reference books, and introductory texts appropriate for the music student. Part II, Books for the Specialist, lists books with a highly analytical or philosophical focus intended for readers with substantial knowledge of music. In those cases where authors have identified their book as being for the general reader or specialist, we have accepted their categorization. Part III lists critical editions and other selected scores.

I. Books for the general reader

IA. Books in English

Analytical Strategies and Musical Interpretation: Essays on Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, ed. by Craig Ayrey and Mark Everist. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. xii, 321 pp. ISBN 0-521-46249-5. $64.95.

None of the essays in this collection focus on Beethoven's music. However, in "Symphony and Symphonic Scenes: Issues of Structure and Context in Schumann's 'Rhenish' Symphony," Michael Musgrave describes the Eroica Symphony as a model for Schumann's Symphony in Å-flat Major, Opus 97. References to Beethoven's music, particularly the String Quartet, Opus 130, also appear in Kofi Agawu's essay, "The Narrative Impulse in the Second Nachtmusik from Mahler's Seventh Symphony." Includes index.

Daniels, David. Orchestral Music: A Handbook. 3rd ed. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1996. xv, 611 pp. ISBN 0-8108-3228-3. $50.

This reference book, intended as a resource for performers and librarians, is a guide to significant orchestral works with information on available editions. The third edition adds about 1,100 entries and supplies durations of individual movements in most cases. The appendices provide access to works arranged by instrumentation and length. Also included are lists of significant composer anniversaries and composer groups (to assist in thematic programming), a directory of other resources and publishers, and a title index.

Göllerich, August. The Piano Master Classes of Franz Liszt 1884-1886: Diary Notes of August Göllerich, ed. by Wilhelm Jerger; trans., ed., and enlarged by Richard Louis Zimdars. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996. xii, 209 pp. $35.

Göllerich was a Liszt pupil who worked as Liszt's secretary from 1884-1886. His voluminous diaries from this period (fourteen in all) contain many notes about Liszt's master classes. The material culled from the diaries is arranged chronologically by day, month, year, and time of each lesson, with names of many of the performers. The music of Liszt, Chopin, and Schumann dominated most of the performances. When the students played Beethoven sonatas, Liszt frequently commented on using the Bülow edition. Also performed were Liszt's fortepiano arrangements of Beethoven's symphonies, overtures, and songs. Includes biographical glossary, bibliography, and index.

Heyworth, Peter. Otto Klemperer: His Life and Times. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. 2 v. ISBN 0-521-56538-3. $75.

Volume one of this biography of Klemperer originally appeared in 1983. The new edition is revised and greatly expanded with the addition of a second volume of previously unpublished material. The book opens with Klemperer's recollections of seeing his hero Mahler on a Hamburg street, which sets the tone for an engrossing study of a fascinating musical life. A detailed index allows the reader to pick out the many references to Klemperer's Beethoven performances, particularly in the second volume which covers the years 1933-1973. Both volumes also include extensive biographical glossaries, bibliographies, and discographies compiled by Michael H. Gray.

Letters to Beethoven and Other Correspondence, trans. …

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