Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Editorial Clarifications and Comments

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Editorial Clarifications and Comments

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First, two small points of clarification on a music example in the last issue. Concerning Example Ia (p. 55), we would like to mention that the G's in m. 185 occur on the first two beats of the measure and the B-flat seventh harmony on the third beat of that measure. The A's in m. 189 are meant to be A-naturals; we apologize for inadvertently omitting natural signs there.

Second, Hans-Werner Küthen's proposed chamber music arrangement of the Fourth Concerto that was highlighted two issues ago continues to garner press attention. After a performance by Robert Levin and members of the Philomusica Chamber Ensemble in New York last February, critic Paul Griffiths wrote, "The chamber version allows players to go faster than usual, as Mr. Levin and his colleagues ... enjoyed doing on this occasion. It also makes the solo part more difficult, but less heroic because of the domestic scale, especially if, as here, the piano is placed behind the strings as it almost has to be for reasons of balance. But nobody now could hear this arrangement without having the orchestral version as mental background, and the inevitable comparison makes the music sound trimmed and diminished, even in a forthright performance. …

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