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Beethoven

Beethoven
Symphony No. 9

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Jonathan Del Mar
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  • Date Published: June 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521399241

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  • Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is acknowledged as one of the supreme masterpieces of the Western tradition. More than any other musical work it has become an international symbol of unity and affirmation. Yet early critics rejected it as cryptic and eccentric, the product of a deaf and ageing composer. Nicholas Cook's guide charts the dramatic transformation in the reception of this work. The story begins in Vienna, with the responses of listeners at the first performance, and ends in contemporary China and Japan, where the symphony has acquired diametrically opposed interpretations. The account embraces many of the major figures of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, among them Wagner and Schenker. Including an account of the sketches, an examination of the performance tradition, and a suggested new interpretation, this book opens up new dimensions in our understanding of Beethoven's last symphony.

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    • Date Published: June 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521399241
    • length: 144 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.19kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 17 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Sketches and myths
    2. First impressions
    3. Performance and tradition
    4. The Romantic Ninth
    5. The twentieth-century Ninth
    Conclusion: beyond interpretation?
    Appendices.

  • Author

    Nicholas Cook, University of Southampton

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    Jonathan Del Mar

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