Manchester Beethoven studies

Edited by Barry Cooper and Matthew Pilcher

Manchester Beethoven studies


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5568-9
  • Pages: 416
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: February 2023
  • BIC Category: Music, Art music, orchestral and formal music, MUSIC / Individual Composer & Musician, MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Composition, Classical Music (C 1750 To C 1830), MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Classical, The arts / Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups, The arts / Theory of music & musicology, Western Classical Music


Manchester Beethoven studies presents ten original chapters by scholars with close ties to the University of Manchester. It throws new light on many aspects of Beethoven's life and works, with a special emphasis on early or little-known compositions such as his concert aria Erste Liebe, his String Quintet Op. 104 and his folksong settings. Biographical elements are prominent in a wide-ranging reassessment of his religious attitudes and beliefs, while Charles Hallé, founder of the Manchester-based Hallé Orchestra, is revealed to have been a tireless and energetic promoter of Beethoven's music in the later nineteenth century.


Introduction - Barry Cooper and Matthew Pilcher
Part I: Early Beethoven
1 Beethoven's indebtedness to his teacher Christian Gottlob Neefe: a comparison of their Variations on Themes by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf - Kris Worsley
2 Beethoven's Erste Liebe, Himmelslust, WoO 92: sources, languages, text-setting - Matthew Pilcher
Part II: Style and notation
3 Situating Beethoven's chamber music with wind: genre, topic and transcription - Martin Harlow
4 Beethoven's variation sets and the role of the slow variation - Artur Pereira
5 A hermeneutic approach to word cues in the staff of Beethoven's Concerto No. 4 in G major for pianoforte and orchestra, Op. 58 - Sara Eckerson
6 Born under a gloomy star: new perspectives on Beethoven's String Quintet, Op. 104 - Jos van der Zanden
7 Transcending slowness in Beethoven's late style - Marten Noorduin
Part III: Beethoven and culture
8 Beethoven's faith and beliefs in the context of his age: some unexplored avenues and reassessments, with special reference to Sailer - Susan Cooper
9 Beethoven's view of Scotland - Barry Cooper
10 Charles Hallé: a Beethoven champion in Manchester - Siân Derry


Barry Cooper is Professor of Music at the University of Manchester
Matthew Pilcher is Lecturer in Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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