Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Recent Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Publications 2008-2009

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Recent Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Publications 2008-2009

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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. In this issue I also include titles published in 2006 that escaped my attention and some other older books recently translated from the original languages. Part I, Books for the General Reader, encompasses studies of Beethoven's life and works, his contemporaries, interpreters and interpretation, appreciation, and history (including performance practice). Also selected are works of fiction and popular literature, including children's books. Part II, Books for the Specialist, lists books with a highly analytical or philosophical focus intended for readers wirb 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.

To obtain copies of books and benefit the Beethoven Center simultaneously, please order them online through iGive.com. A percentage of sales of books and other merchandise ordered through iGive participant dealers (including Barnes and Noble) will benefit the American Beethoven Society. Prices may be discounted on Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers. We have also included web addresses of publishers or distributors for direct orders.

I. Books for the General Reader

IA. Books in English (or with parallel English/German texts)

Interpreters and Interpretation

Alloro & Calzadilh: Stop, Repair, Prepare. VariaHonen zur Ode "An die Freude" für ein präpariertes Klavier. Variations on "Ode to Joy" for a Préparée/ nano. Edited by Julienne Lorz, translations by Bernhard Geyer. Cologne: Walther König, 2008. 80 pp., many illustrations. ISBN 9783-86560-474-3 !hardback): euro32 ($49.95). Text in German and English. [Available from www.artbook.com.)

For an exhibition at the Haus der Kunst, Munich, held from June 13-September 14, 2008, the artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla and the political philosopher Slavoj Zizek explore the incongruity of using Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" theme as the European Anthem considering the complex political history and uses of the Ninth Symphony. "We can easily imagine," Zizek muses sarcastically, "a fictional performance at which all the sworn enemies, from Hitler to Stalin, from Bush to Saddam, fora moment forget their adversities and participate in the magic moment of ecstatic brotherhood." Zizek 's commentary on Beethoven's Turkish march style points out the irony of embracing the Ninth for the anthem, given the current opposition to Turkey's membership in the European Union. Responding to the idea of the Turkish pedal on Viennese fortepianos of Beethoven's time, the artists modified a Bechstein piano similar to one seen in a photo from 1930 of the area where Hitler made speeches about art and culture. For the installation in that hall, they cut a hole in the center of the instrument large enough to fit a performer inside. The piano thus encased the pianist like a tank and moved laboriously around the hall while the pianist played variations on the "Ode 'To Joy'" theme "from inside out and upside down." Though the book includes Zizek 's brief essay describing the exhibit, it mainly consists of illustrations of documents and photographs related to the theme of the exhibit. Included are images of Turkish musicians and the Janissary pedal as well as pictures of the "prepared" Bechstein piano.

Allan Evans. Ignaz Friedman, Romantic Master Pianist. Bloomingfon: inaiano University Press, 2009. xiii, 398 pp. ISBN 978-0-253-353108 (hardbock): $39.95 (discounted to $28 on website: www.iupress. indiona.edu).

The legacy of Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948). which survives in his many recordings, editions of Chopin's piano works, and original compositions, is documented in this biography, the first to be written about this extraordinary Polish musician. …

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