Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony

Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony

David Benjamin Lev


Beethoven's 9th Symphony, a masterpiece that has stimulated virutally each Western composer due to the fact its best, has turn into linked to the marking of momentous public events. In 1989, chinese language scholars performed its finale via loudspeakers in Tiananmen sq., and Leonard Bernstein led a functionality in Berlin to have a good time the razing of the Berlin Wall. This energetic and updated e-book makes a speciality of Beethoven's 9th, exploring the cultural and musical meanings that encompass this strong paintings of genius. David B. Levy units the scene with a short survey of nineteenth-century Germanic tradition and society, then analyzes the 9th Symphony intimately, with targeted emphasis at the well-known choral finale. He discusses the preliminary performances in 1824 lower than Beethoven's course and strains the symphony's severe reception and legacy. within the ultimate bankruptcy of the publication, Levy examines interpretations of the paintings via sought after conductors, together with Wagner, Mahler, and Weingartner. an absolutely annotated discography of chosen recordings completes this accomplished quantity.

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