Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Recent Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Publications 2004-2006

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Recent Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Publications 2004-2006

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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 books as being for the general reader or specialist, we have accepted their categorization. All book publications are paperbacks unless otherwise noted. To obtain copies of books and benefit the Beethoven Center simultaneously, please order them online through MyCause.com . A percentage of sales of books and other merchandise ordered through MyCause participant dealers (including Barnes and Noble) will benefit the American Beethoven Society. For those publications not available through Barnes and Noble, please contact your local bookseller. To order BeethovenHaus publications directly, visit the publisher web site .

I. Books for the General Reader

IA. Non-fictional and Fictional Books in English

The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto. Edited by Simon P. Keefe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. xxv, 309 pp. ISBN 0-521-83483-X (hardback): $75; ISBN 0-521-54257-X (paperback): $27.99.

In his introduction on the genre's contribution to musical culture, Keefe describes the polarizing effects of the concerto on audiences and performers. The contributions in Part I of this collection of thirteen essays explore the contexts for divergent reception of the concerto. Among these essays is the study by Tia Denora, who examines the historical role of the concerto in society and Beethoven's works in particular as concert performances shifted from women to men as fortepiano soloists. Keefe offers aesthetic and stylistic perspectives of works from the times of Mozart and Beethoven, illustrating some of the connections between the two composers. Part III focuses on performance issues in historical contexts and also after the advent of recordings, with Beethoven references scattered throughout. Includes selective reading list and index.

The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia. Edited by Cliff Eisen and Simon P. Keefe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xii, 662 pp. ISBN 00 -5210 -85659-0 (hardback). $ 175.

Published just in time for the 250th anniversary celebrations of Mozart's birth, this reference volume is an essential addition to any Mozartphile's library. For Beethovenians, it contains a wealth of information on the patrons, musicians, publishers, and other associates common to them both. In addition to the biographical and musical entries, it contains brief articles on historical concepts (e.g. the Enlightenment) and places (e.g. Vienna). The two-page essay on Beethoven by Keefe is a succinct evaluation of Mozart's role in the reception of Beethoven as a performer and his development as a composer. He carefully considers the question of their direct association by pointing out the lack of documentation on their meeting when Mozart supposedly proclaimed Beethoven's great potential. Most of the entries include bibliographical references, but there is no general bibliography added. The appendices contain a works list as well as lists of movies about Mozart, operas on DVD and video, Mozart organizations, and websites. Includes indexes.

Davidson, Michael. The Classical Piano Sonata from Haydn to Prokofiev. London : Kahn & Averill, 2004. xiv, 349 pp. ISBN 1-871082-84-6. $31.95.

The author, formerly head of the piano department at the Rotterdam Conservatory, approaches the sonata from the viewpoint of a pianist and teacher. …

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