Beethoven: The 'Moonlight' and other Sonatas, Op. 27 and Op. 31

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Beethoven: The 'Moonlight' and other Sonatas, Op. 27 and Op. 31

By Timothy Jones

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Even in Beethoven's day the 'Moonlight' Sonata was a popular favourite. This 1999 book provides an accessible introduction to the Sonatas Opp. 27 and 31 (including The 'Moonlight' and 'The Tempest'), aimed at pianists, students, and music lovers. It begins with the works' historical background - the emergence of a 'piano culture' at the end of the eighteenth century, Beethoven's aristocratic milieu in Vienna, and his oft-quoted intention to follow a new compositional path. An account of the sonatas' genesis is followed by a discussion of their reception history, including a survey of changing performing styles since the mid-nineteenth century. The concept of the Sonata quasi una Fantasia is examined in relation to the cult of artistic sensibility in early-nineteenth-century Vienna. The study concludes with a critical introduction to each sonata.

Subject: Humanities -> Music -> General

Beethoven: The 'Moonlight' and other Sonatas, Op. 27 and Op. 31
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 10/21/99
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 051103900X
ISBN 13: 9780511039003
Print ISBN: 9780521591362

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