The Beethoven Journal

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring

Beethoven's Childhood Compositions: A Reappraisal
It is a well known "fact" that Beethoven wrote precisely thirty-two sonatas for fortepiano. Anyone who does not know the exact number need only turn to any of several well-known editions to find the thirty-two sonatas, usually numbered from one through...
Beethoven's Diabelli Variations: A Survey of the Recordings on Compact Disc
I. A Short HistoryBeethoven's Diabelli Variations, like many of his other late compositions, were slow to gain acceptance with performers and with the public. It was not until the latter part of the nineteenth century that they were played in recital...
Book Review: Letters to Beethoven and Other Correspondence
Book Review: Letters to Beethoven and Other Correspondence Letters to Beethoven and Other Correspondence, edited and translated by Theodore Albrecht, 3 vols., Number 2 in the series North American Beethoven Studies, University of Nebraska Press, 1996....
Conference Report: "Rethinking Beethoven's Late Period: Sources, Aesthetics, and Interpretation," Harvard University Department of Music, November 1-3, 1996
BEETHOVEN'S THREE STYLE PERIODS - WHICH DATE BACK AT LEAST AS FAR AS Schlosser's biography of 1828 have been the focus of three conferences and festivals in the last four years. In 1993 Glenn Stanley organized a conference on early Beethoven at the University...
Immortal Beloveds, Analysts' Couches, and Book Reviews
Editor's note: In the last issue of this journal, Barry Cooper wrote an extended essay-book review of Altman 's monograph. The following critique constitutes her response to his review.I. IntroductionIt is interesting (amusing, dismaying, frustrating)...
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor:I note with interest that in the closing paragraph of his review of Gail Altman's Beethoven: A Man of His Word (this journal, fall 1996), Barry Cooper acknowledges that "it begins to appear again" that Antonie Brentano "must be the Immortal...
Selected Recent Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Books and Music Scores
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,...
Sound Recording Essay-Review: Archduke Rudolph's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
Archduke Rudolph's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano. Ricardo Morales, clarinet, Gerald Kagan, cello, and Susan Kagan, piano. Koch 3-7339-2H1, ©1997. $15.99ARCHDUKE RUDOLPH, WHEREVER HIS SPIRIT resides, is entirely...
The Structure of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations
I. IntroductionMost devotees of Beethoven know something about his last major work for the fortepiano, his "Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli," Opus 120. It is one of his most intellectual and difficult works for an audience. The history...
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