Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Schubert's Beethoven Project

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Schubert's Beethoven Project

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Gingerich, John M. Schubert's Beethoven Project. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. xvi, 358 pp. ISBN 978-0-52165087-8 (hardback): $99; 978-1-1 39-94997-2 (ebook): $79. www.cambridge.org

In his dissertation of the same title (Yale, 1996), Gingerich concentrated on Schubert's chamber music. In this new book he expands his discussion of Schubert's four-movement instrumental works, composed beginning in 1824 and continuing until his death four years later, that concentrated on genres most associated with Beethoven: the string quartet, fortepiano sonata, and symphony. Schubert's year of crisis in 1823, Gingerich argues, was the impetus for his decision to embark on this Beethoven project, a pursuit that may have been spurred by the return of violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh to Vienna. Schubert began with chamber works-the Octet and the String Quartets in A Minor and D Minor-then moved on in 1825-1826 to the "Great" Symphony in C Major and the Fortepiano Sonatas. Gingerich devotes two chapters to these lengthy and difficult works-which like Beethoven's works were not intended for dilettantes-and the struggle to find acceptance by publishers and reviewers. …

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