Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

The Operatic Library of Elector Maximilian Franz: Reconstruction, Catalogue, Contexts

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

The Operatic Library of Elector Maximilian Franz: Reconstruction, Catalogue, Contexts

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The Operatic Library of Elector Maximilian Franz: Reconstruction, Catalogue, Contexts. By Elisabeth Reisinger, Juliane Ri ape, and John D. Wilson, in collaboration with Birgit Lodes. Schriften zur Beethoven-Forschung, Band 30. Musik am Bonner kurürstlichen Hof, Band 2. Bonn: Beethoven-Haus, 2018. x, 493 pp. ISBN 9783881881531 (hardback): euro70. www.beethoven.de/de/shop/ neuerscheinungen.

Cover for The Operatic Library of Elector Maximilian F-anz by Elisabeth Reisinger, Juliane Riepe, and John D. Wilson, in collaboration with Birgit Lodes.

For more than 500 years, Beethoven's hometown of Bonn was the seat of the Electorate of Cologne, which held authority over the regie n of Germany around the Rhine. Maximilian Franz arrived in 1784 to take over as elector, bringing with him a large collection of music scores and performing parts that he continued to build as a resource for the burgeoning musical activities of the court orchestra and its theater. This volume, the second in a series that focuses on Bonn's rich musical history, sheds new light not only on the depth and breadth of Max Franz's collection, but also on his influence particularly on the composition and production of opera. …

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