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Political Beethoven - New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism (Hardback)
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Political Beethoven - New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism (Hardback)

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Hardback 292 Pages / Published: 20/12/2012
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Musicians, music lovers and music critics have typically considered Beethoven's overtly political music as an aberration; at best, it is merely notorious, at worst, it is denigrated and ignored. In Political Beethoven, Nicholas Mathew returns to the musical and social contexts of the composer's political music throughout his career - from the early marches and anti-French war songs of the 1790s to the grand orchestral and choral works for the Congress of Vienna - to argue that this marginalized functional art has much to teach us about the lofty Beethovenian sounds that came to define serious music in the nineteenth century. Beethoven's much-maligned political compositions, Mathew shows, lead us into the intricate political and aesthetic contexts that shaped all of his oeuvre, thus revealing the stylistic, ideological and psycho-social mechanisms that gave Beethoven's music such a powerful voice - a voice susceptible to repeated political appropriation, even to the present day.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107005891
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 247 x 174 x 23 mm


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'In this meticulously researched volume, the author offers many intriguing points.' CHOICE
In writing Political Beethoven, Nicholas Mathew has provided a thoroughly-researched and fascinating look at the composer's lesser-known works, giving a vivid description of the music, criticism, and theatricality of the period surrounding the Congress of Vienna.' Jane Riegel Ferencz, Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

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