Beethoven's Symphonies - An Artistic Vision
by Lewis Lockwood (9780393076448)

Beethoven's Symphonies - An Artistic Vision
Lewis Lockwood
Release Date: 16 November 2015
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
Publisher: W W Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393076448
ISBN-10: 039307644X

The Beethoven symphonies form the core of the classical concert repertoire and remain among the defining works of the Western musical experience. As the heir to Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven possessed an abiding artistic vision that found its most powerful expression in the symphonic form, which he revolutionized and bequeathed to posterity. Lewis Lockwood's compelling story introduces each symphony as an individual artwork and broadly traces the creative background of each, set against the contemporary political upheavals, the growth of concert life, and the relationship to major works of his in other genres. In concise chapters, Lockwood uncovers a creative process of remarkable scope and originality, including reference to numerous symphonic ideas sketched out but not realized. From the first symphonies, written during Beethoven's emerging deafness, to the monumental Ninth, his lifelong passion to compose works of transcendent aesthetic and moral value is brought vividly to life.

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