Beethoven's Conversation Books Volume 2: Nos. 9 to 16 (March 1820 to September 1820)


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Boydell Press
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6.1 X 9.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.95 pounds

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About the Author

THEODORE ALBRECHT, Professor Emeritus of Music at Kent State University, Ohio, is an award-winning Beethoven scholar. He has authored many important articles on the composer and is the editor of Letters to Beethoven and Other Correspondence (1996) as well as translator and editor of Beethoven's Conversation Books (Boydell Press).


[T]hese volumes are welcome additions to the literature. They contain much of value for those interested in the last decade of Beethoven's life, particularly concerning his social circle, his daily routine, and his ideas and beliefs. One can only hope that the remaining ten volumes are published soon.--Marten Noorduin "NOTES, THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF THE MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION"
Featured in the10 must-read books for Beethoven 250, -- "BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE"
There are several more interesting musical jottings.including several sketches for parts of the Missa Solemnis as well as numerous canons, often to scurrilous lyrics...Another rather poignant aspect of volume 2 is the appearance in the conversation books of Beethoven's poor nephew Karl...monologues also show that Beethoven was extremely interested in contemporary European politics and events...Boydell Press are again much to be thanked for their involvement in the publication of these fascinating documents which reveal so much about the composer.-- "THE CONSORT"
A heroic feat of scholarship...these truncated conversations are extraordinary revealing.-- "BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE"
A brilliantly accessible piece of scholarship. . . . As they flash from scene to scene, with a huge cast of characters taking turns in the spotlight, these extraordinary little books read like a film script, with a laconic but massive presence at its heart. It's a goldmine for music historians, and a riveting saga for the rest of us.--Michael Church "BBC Music Magazine"