Beethoven's Symphonies: An Artistic Vision by Lewis Lockwood

By Lewis Lockwood

An exploration of the loyal creative imaginative and prescient underlying Beethoven’s symphonies, from one of many world’s major students of the composer’s works.

More than the other composer, Beethoven left to posterity an unlimited physique of fabric that records the early phases of just about every little thing he wrote. From this trove of sketchbooks, Lewis Lockwood attracts us into the composer’s brain, unveiling an artistic strategy of superb scope and originality.

For musicians and nonmusicians alike, Beethoven’s symphonies stand on the summit of creative success, enjoyed this day as they have been 2 hundred years in the past for his or her emotional cogency, style, and unheard of individuality. Beethoven worked to accomplish 9 of them over his lifetime—a area of Mozart’s output and a 10th of Haydn’s—yet no musical works are extra iconic, extra indelibly stamped at the reminiscence of someone who has heard them. they're the goods of an mind's eye that drove the composer to construct out of the top musical traditions of the prior whatever startlingly new.

Lockwood brings to undergo a protracted occupation of learning the surviving resources that yield perception into Beethoven’s artistic paintings, together with proposal sketches for symphonies that have been by no means entire. From those, Lockwood deals interesting revelations into the ancient and biographical conditions during which the symphonies have been composed. during this compelling tale of Beethoven’s singular ambition, Lockwood introduces readers to the symphonies as person works of art, extensively tracing their genesis opposed to the backdrop of political upheavals, live performance lifestyles, and their courting to his significant works in different genres. From the 1st symphonies, written in the course of his rising deafness, to the enormous 9th, Lockwood brings to existence Beethoven’s lifelong ardour to compose works of unsurpassed beauty.

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