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e-Book Beethoven (Master Musicians Series) download

e-Book Beethoven (Master Musicians Series) download

by Barry Cooper

ISBN: 0198165986
ISBN13: 978-0198165989
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 15, 2000)
Pages: 440
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Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). This balanced biography that integrates Beethoven's feelings and motivations with his music belongs wherever there are those who enjoy the great melodies, structures, and harmonic complexities of this unique figure in the world of classical music. Barry Cooper is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Manchester and author of Beethoven and the Creative Process and Beethoven's Folksong Settings. Series: Master Musicians.

British musicologist and Beethoven scholar Barry Cooper's 2000 biography of the iconic composer is aimed at the serious classical music lover. It combines reconstructing Beethoven's life from as reliable sources as possible and discussing his music. Unlike Lewis Lockwood's 2003 biography, which divides life and music into separate chapters, Cooper interweaves Beethoven's life stories with technical dissection of his music.

Barry Cooper is a noted musicologist and this is reflected in his approach to Beethoven

Barry Cooper is a noted musicologist and this is reflected in his approach to Beethoven. He provides in depth detail about the music, probably much more than the average concertgoers would prefer. For example, Mr. Cooper discusses the various key modulations that make Beethoven's approach to music revolutionary. Mr. Cooper does deal fairly with Beethoven's relationship to his nephew Karl and his legal battle to keep his nephew from the perceived corrupting influence of his mother Johanna. He also provides a good discussion about the famous "Immortal Beloved.

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Beethoven - Master Musicians Series (Paperback). Barry Cooper (author). Cooper makes impressive use of Beethoven's sketch books and conversation books in a well-formulated effort to settle controversial matters - particularly those surrounding Anton Schindler, close associate of the composer during the 1820s and infamous subject of current discussion in Beethoven studies.

Barry Cooper has written several books on Beethoven as well as many articles on the composer and other subjects for leading music journals

Barry Cooper has written several books on Beethoven as well as many articles on the composer and other subjects for leading music journals. His realization and completion of the first movement of Beethoven's unfinished Tenth Symphony from the sketches has been performed in numerous countries.

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Customer service is our priority. The connections between a great artist's life and work are subtle, complex, and often highly revealing. In the case of Beethoven, however, the standard approach has been to treat his life and his art separately.

Born in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex, Cooper studied piano and composition in his childhood, leading to scholarships to Gordonstoun School and later to University College, Oxford, where he studied organ with John Webster and earned an MA in 1973 and a DPhil in 1974. His musical compositions include an oratorio, The Ascension.

Published by Thames and Hudson. Beethoven' - 'Master Musicians' Series' - Barry Cooper. A comprehensive, general guide to the man and his music. A general guide, looking at Beethoven's music and his personality. Published by Oxford University Press. Published by Thames and Hudson.

The connections between a great artist's life and work are subtle, complex, and often highly revealing. In the case of Beethoven, however, the standard approach has been to treat his life and his art separately. Now, Barry Cooper's new volume incorporates the latest international research on many aspects of the composer's life and work and presents these in a truly integrated narrative. Cooper employs a strictly chronological approach that enables each work to be seen against the musical and biographical background from which it emerged. The result is a much closer confluence of life and work than is usually achieved, for two reasons. First, composition was Beethoven's central preoccupation for most of his life: "I live entirely in my music," he once wrote. Second, recent study of his many musical sketches has enabled a much clearer picture of his everyday compositional activity than was previously possible, leading to rich new insights into the interaction between his life and music. This volume concentrates on Beethoven's artistic achievements both by examining the origins of his works and by expert commentary on some of their most striking and original features. It also reexamines virtually all the evidence--from fictitious anecdotes right down to the translations of individual German words--to avoid recycling old errors. And it offers numerous new details derived from sketch studies and a new edition of Beethoven's correspondence. Offering a wealth of fresh conclusions and intertwining life and work in illuminating ways, Beethoven will establish itself as the reference on one of the world's greatest composers.
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Fek
Cooper's reading of Beethoven, his life and scores - interpolated, is just what I wanted. I was not satisfied with Lewis Lockwood's positively reviewed "Music and the Life", which I felt to be more of an introductory music class for freshman music appreciators... It seemed to fall between the cracks. Not substantial enough about Beethoven's life, nor musically either detailed enough or anything like comprehensive. Whenever I'd check the index for a particular Beethoven work, and then go to see what Lockwood says, it often got a paragraph, or less, or only an allusion...So not very helpful.

To get the most out of Cooper, you will need to be able to read notes on a stave, know what "modal" means, "chromatic", "diminished seventh", and several more musicological terms. As well as appreciating what the circle of fifths (or thirds) means for Beethoven use of pitch and register jumps. Those I'd forgotten were easily found on wikipedia.

So, I found this work substantive, comprehensive and a work that is astute, scholarly (skeptical and analytical) and benefiting from recent forensic research. I did actually read it through from beginning to end, first, while playing Schnabel in the background...And found this very useful. But its greatest value is to go back to particulars while listening to a performance of the work in question.

Very helpful for serious music lovers...

Auridora
British musicologist and Beethoven scholar Barry Cooper's 2000 biography of the iconic composer is aimed at the serious classical music lover. It combines reconstructing Beethoven's life from as reliable sources as possible and discussing his music. Unlike Lewis Lockwood's 2003 biography, which divides life and music into separate chapters, Cooper interweaves Beethoven's life stories with technical dissection of his music. While this organization works out fine in some areas, in others, it interrupts the life story flow and gets a little frustrating for the reader.

As many of us know, Beethoven's life has been told in many fictional stories, from Schindler down to modern fictions and films. One of Cooper's goals is to present as accurate a picture of Beethoven the person as allowed by available sources that can be deemed reliable. To this end he did a lot of research and subsequently quotes a lot of sources in the book. The amount of cross-referecing and fact-checking must have constituted a daunting task, and we must salute Cooper for this dedication. The end result is, I think, the most accurate portrait of Beethoven the man in the literature; this alone, makes this book indispensable to readers interested in Western music history as well as those interested in Beethoven.

The music discussions are for the most part technical rather than descriptive, as there are lots of referenes to harmonic chords, motive constructions, etc., etc. One thing I've realized over the years of studying Beethoven's music is, because his music is often made of the simplest music elements (e.g., the 5th's opening 4 notes, the violin concerto's opening with 5 timpani notes, the 9th's ode melody), getting into the technical details often makes his music seem mundane and boring, which of course is absolutely not the case when you listen to the music. Therefore, Cooper's technical discussions in this present volume seem too much for the casual reader (arpeggio? ritornello?) but too insufficient for a professional musicologist. Also, even though Beethoven was the first composer to consistently make the end of his music as grand and significant as the beginning, often Cooper surprisingly focuses only on the beginning (the first movement) while dicussing little of the end (last movement).

Despite my gripes about the music discussion parts of the book, I do think this is the best Beethoven book available to the serious reader. This is a tremendous amount of treasure on both the life and the music of Beethoven. A casual reader who just wants to learn about Beethoven's life may want to consider Beethoven: The Universal Composer (Eminent Lives) but that book contains many popular myths.

invincible
This is an excellent book that is held back from greatness only by the author's absurdly defensive advocacy for his subject. Not quite hagiography, but most certainly apologetic. My recommendation is to get this book, knowing its limitations, alongside another that is unafraid to acknowledge the composer's darker side(s)- Suchet's Beethoven: The Man Revealed, for example.

Yla
This book deals with Beethoven's life and works. Cooper spends considerable time discussing what Beethoven worked on and when. He also gives. short, intriguing analyses of many works. The non musician may find these hard to understand because they are rather technical. (e.g. The second movement of the Emperor Concerto is really in C-flat major but notated in B major.) However, as a musician, I found his comments stimulating and found myself consulting the scores repeatedly while reading the book. This has made my reading very slow. I am still at the late quartets and am eager to read his analyses of them because I know them quite well. Even if you do not understand music theory, this is a valuable bio of one the great musical minds of all time.

Malann
Thank you for a truly wonderful telling of the life and struggles of this great musical master. Since being introduced to the works of Beethoven through public radio programming at the age of five, I have felt a kindred love for Ludwig van Beethoven, the person. Listening to his music throughout my life has always given me a sense of the man openly revealing himself - heart and spirit. The more I learn about him, the more I appreciate his legacy. And this book by Barry Cooper is a super read, a treasure source for friends of Beethoven. Respectfully sharing about experiences, characters, and events of his time, while also providing an interesting yet detailed look into the virtuoso’s major, and some minor works. While devouring this entire book I was especially grateful to notice no attempts to tare down or defame the man. Well done! Reading this work was for me, like a visit with a dear friend. Thanks again.

Gianni_Giant
Am reading now. As others have mentioned the book is very focused on music. Which I love. For any music students, this is a MUST read!

Dobpota
There have been many books written about Ludwig Van Beethoven. But none have been more interesting. I liked the analysis of his character as well as the musical critiques.

Wonderful book! Not just for Beethoven fans. Enjoyable from cover to cover.

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