This book looks closely at both Beethoven and the Grosse Fuge, placing both in their historical and social contexts. It considers interesting questions about whether absolute music-music without words-can have meaning and speculates that some works of Western music can evoke synesthesia in listeners-a sense of motion through three-dimensional volumes of space. The author also speculates that Beethoven's long creative dry spell in his late 40s was caused by an extended bout with clinical depression.
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 230 x 161 x 11 mm
I was bowled over by the intelligence and range of Kahn's considerations, even when I do not agree with them. -- Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
This book...is accessible to the general reader while also meaningful to the knowledgeable musician and historian. * The Beethoven Journal *