Beethoven

The Nine Symphonies that Changed Music

David Benjamin Levy

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November 24, 2020
352 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
40 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300112597
Hardcover

Beethoven’s symphonies loom large in the public imagination. The nine symphonies, including the Fifth, the Pastoral and the Choral are key to understanding Beethoven’s life and work – and are each regarded masterpieces in their own right. Taken together as a cycle, they have influenced every generation of composers that followed.

In this engaging account, Beethoven specialist David B. Levy examines the symphonies, providing new insight into each work’s genesis, structure, and position in the complete works of this great composer. Levy places Beethoven’s symphonies in their wider context, looking closely at how they were performed in Vienna, where the composer lived for the entirety of his career as a symphonist. Drawing on the most up-to-date research, Levy explores too different editions of the symphonies, the performance practice around them – and their profound impact on classical music and the modern world.
 

David Benjamin Levy is professor at the Department of Music, Wake Forest University, and formerly served as visiting professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music. He is the author of Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony.
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