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Beethoven: The 'Moonlight' and other Sonatas, Op. 27 and Op. 31

Beethoven: The 'Moonlight' and other Sonatas, Op. 27 and Op. 31

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  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521598590

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  • Even in Beethoven's day the 'Moonlight' Sonata was a popular favourite. This 1999 book provides an accessible introduction to the Sonatas Opp. 27 and 31 (including The 'Moonlight' and 'The Tempest'), aimed at pianists, students, and music lovers. It begins with the works' historical background - the emergence of a 'piano culture' at the end of the eighteenth century, Beethoven's aristocratic milieu in Vienna, and his oft-quoted intention to follow a new compositional path. An account of the sonatas' genesis is followed by a discussion of their reception history, including a survey of changing performing styles since the mid-nineteenth century. The concept of the Sonata quasi una Fantasia is examined in relation to the cult of artistic sensibility in early-nineteenth-century Vienna. The study concludes with a critical introduction to each sonata.

    • A book-length introduction to these sonatas in English
    • Accessible to non-specialists
    • Takes into account developments in Beethoven scholarship, and includes recent research
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521598590
    • length: 160 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 139 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.195kg
    • contains: 29 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. Keyboard culture
    2. Beethoven in 1800–2
    3. Composition and reception
    4. 'Quasi una fantasia?'
    5. The design of the Op. 27 sonatas
    6. The design of the Op. 31 sonatas
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Timothy Jones, University of Exeter

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