Beethoven and the Construction of Genius: Musical Politics by Tia DeNora

By Tia DeNora

During this provocative account Tia DeNora reconceptualizes the concept of genius via putting the existence and profession of Ludwig van Beethoven in its social context. She explores the altering musical global of overdue eighteenth-century Vienna and follows the actions of the small circle of aristocratic consumers who lead the way for the composer's success.DeNora reconstructs the improvement of Beethoven's recognition as she recreates Vienna's powerful musical scene via modern money owed, letters, magazines, and myths--a colourful photo of adjusting occasions. She explores the methods Beethoven was once noticeable via his contemporaries and the picture crafted by way of his supporters. evaluating Beethoven to modern competitors now principally forgotten, DeNora finds a determine musically cutting edge and intricate, in addition to a prepared self-promoter who adroitly controlled his personal celebrity.DeNora contends that the popularity Beethoven bought used to be as a lot a social success because it was once the results of his own presents. In considering the political and social implications of tradition, DeNora casts many facets of Beethoven's biography in a brand new and diverse gentle, enriching our figuring out of his good fortune as a performer and composer.

Show description

Read or Download Beethoven and the Construction of Genius: Musical Politics in Vienna, 1792-1803 PDF

Similar sheet music & scores books

Berlioz’s Orchestration Treatise: A Translation and Commentary

Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise (1843) is a vintage textbook via a grasp of the orchestra, which has no longer been to be had in English translation for over a century. it is a publication by way of and approximately Berlioz, because it presents not just a brand new translation but in addition an intensive observation on his textual content, facing the tools of Berlioz's time and evaluating his guide along with his perform.

Opera's Second Death

Opera's moment dying is a passionate exploration of opera - the style, its masterpieces, and the character of demise. utilizing a stunning array of instruments, Slavoj Zizek and coauthor Mladen Dolar discover the unusual compulsions that overpower characters in Mozart and Wagner, in addition to our personal wants to die and to visit the opera.

Bach, Beethoven and the Boys - Tenth Anniversary Edition!: Music History As It Ought To Be Taught

Bach, Beethoven and the men chronicles the lives of the good (and not-so-great) composers as you could have by no means learn them prior to - exploring their intercourse lives, exposing their foibles and increasing our wisdom of those amazing but in addition human creatures.

Additional resources for Beethoven and the Construction of Genius: Musical Politics in Vienna, 1792-1803

Example text

According to Landon (197680, 3:294) and Morrow (1989, 30), he hosted the concert at which Beethoven made his Viennese debut on 1 March 1795, though it is not clear to what event this claim refers, unless to a private premier performance of the concerto which Beethoven performed later that year at a public benefit concert with Haydn. There were two musically active Prince Lobkowitzes between the years of 1795 and 1802 (there were two lines of the familysee later) and it is not always possible to distinguish between them in contemporary reports.

Indeed, he was fully aware that the Viennese aristocrats remained active and, for the most part, dominant in musical affairs well into the nineteenth century (far later than their Parisian or London counterparts), and he described the emergence of these aristocrats as Vienna's "most brilliant" early nineteenth-century dilettantes. In this respect, Hanslick's views tended to reflect the ways these aristocrats were perceived by their contemporary observers (for example, as reported in music periodicals; see Wallace 1986).

Married Maria Joseph née Countess Harrach in 1752. According to Landon (197680, 3:294) and Morrow (1989, 30), he hosted the concert at which Beethoven made his Viennese debut on 1 March 1795, though it is not clear to what event this claim refers, unless to a private premier performance of the concerto which Beethoven performed later that year at a public benefit concert with Haydn. There were two musically active Prince Lobkowitzes between the years of 1795 and 1802 (there were two lines of the familysee later) and it is not always possible to distinguish between them in contemporary reports.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.67 of 5 – based on 29 votes