Selected New Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Books (1988-1993): Supplement

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Selected New Beethoven and Beethoven-Related Books (1988-1993): Supplement


Elliott, Patricia, The Beethoven Newsletter


THIS BIBLIOGRAPHY OF NEW BOOKS RECENTLY ACQUIRED BY THE BEETHOVEN CENTER supplements the list which appeared in The Beethoven Newsletter vol. 8, no. 3-vol. 9, no. 1 (Winter 1993-Spring 1994), pp. 99-106.

I. Books of interest to the general reader

A. BOOKS IN ENGLISH

The Beethoven Broadwood Fortepiano Tour: Vienna, Bonn, Bath, London, Budapest. Sponsored by Thorn EMI. [England]: Thorn EMI, 1992. 96 pp.

Historical and biographical essays, programs, and notes of the 1992 tour by Melvyn Tan performing on Beethoven's original Broadwood fortepiano with the London Classical Players conducted by Roger Norrington. Illustrated booklet with text in English, German, and Hungarian.

The Beethoven Quartet Companion. Edited by Robert Winter and Robert Martin. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. 300 pp. $30.

Collection of essays and program notes to "enhance the listening experience and enrich our understanding of the cultural context" of the seventeen string quartets by Beethoven. Includes essays by Leo Botstein ("The patrons and publics of the quartets: music, culture, and society in Beethoven's Vienna"); Joseph Kerman ("Beethoven quartet audiences: actual, potential, ideal"); Robert Martin ("The quartets in performance: a player's perspective"); Maynard Solomon ("Beethoven: beyond classicism"); Robert Winter ("Performing the Beethoven quartets in their first century"); with a listening guide for each quartet by Michael Steinberg. Glossary and index. (See the review in this issue.)

Braunbehrens, Volkmar. Maligned Master: The Real Story of Antonio Salieri. Translated from the German by Eveline L. Kanes. New York: Fromm International, 1992. 276 pp. $25.

English translation of Salieri: Ein Musiker im Schatten Mozarts originally published in 1989. Briefly mentions Beethoven's association with Salieri and his discussions about the ailing Salieri which appeared in the conversation books. Index.

Cook, Nicholas. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9. Cambridge Music Handbooks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. 133 pp. $11.

This monograph on the Ninth Symphony begins with a discussion of Beethoven's compositional process and the myths surrounding the creation and first performance of the work. The second chapter examines the early criticism of the symphony. The remainder of the book is devoted to performance practices and reception of the symphony in the 19th and 20th centuries. Appendix 1 compares Schiller's Ode to the text used in the symphony (with the original German and English translation of the verses set by Beethoven). The second Appendix, prepared by Jonathan Del Mar, outlines original sources and their complicated relationships. Name index.

Luethi, Geraldine. Beethoven Solo Piano Literature. Edited by Carolyn Maxwell. Boulder, Col.: Maxwell Music Evaluation Books, 1992. 332 pp. $20.

A survey of Beethoven's solo fortepiano works aimed for teachers, students, and performers. Arranged by genre, with a ranking according to difficulty, basic historical and descriptive information, and a list of in-print editions for each work. Brief bibliography of literature and index by work, key, and difficulty.

Newman, Richard. Beethoven, the Crown of Martyrdom. Sussex, England: The Book Guild, 1992. 359 pp. $28.

Historical fiction about Beethoven from age sixteen to fifty-three.

B. BOOKS IN GERMAN OR FRENCH

Bauer, Elisabeth Eleonore. Wie Beethoven auf den Sockel kam: Die Entstehung eines musikalischen Mythos. [How Beethoven Was Placed on a Pedestal: The Beginning of a Musical Mythology]. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1992.369 pp. $31.

A study of Beethoven reception history and the development of a Beethoven mythology using contemporary criticism as sources. Appendices include a chronological index of the criticism by journal, a biographical dictionary of critics (including those who signed their articles with initials and pseudonyms only), an extensive bibliography, and index. …

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