Beethoven the Pianist (Musical Performance and Reception) by Tilman Skowroneck

By Tilman Skowroneck

The generally held trust that Beethoven used to be a coarse pianist, impatient together with his tools, isn't altogether actual: it truly is motivated by means of anecdotes relationship from whilst deafness had all started to impair his enjoying. featuring a brand new, distinctive biography of Beethoven's early life, this ebook studies the composer's early profession, outlining how he was once stimulated by way of lecturers, theorists and tools. Skowroneck describes the improvement and decline of Beethoven's pianism, and will pay exact consciousness to early pianos, their building and their significance for Beethoven and the trendy pianist. The booklet additionally comprises new discussions of legato and Beethoven's trills, and an entire annotated evaluate of eyewitnesses' reviews approximately his enjoying. Skowroneck offers a revised photo of Beethoven which strains his improvement from an impetuous younger musician right into a virtuoso in control of many musical assets.

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53 Beethoven’s first external teacher appears to be the almost seventy-yearold court organist Gilles van den Eeden. 55 The Fischer memoirs, on the other 50 51 53 54 55 Bernhard Mäurer, according to Otto Jahn’s annotations in: Friedrich Kerst, Die Erinnerungen an Beethoven, Stuttgart: Julius Hoffmann, 1913, vol. , Familie Beethoven im kurfürstlichen Bonn, 52, orig. 22. Thayer, Life of Beethoven, 57–8. , Familie Beethoven im kurfürstlichen Bonn, 64. , 64, n. 234; Schiedermair, Der junge Beethoven, 51.

Wegeler and Ries, Biographische Notizen über Beethoven, 11. 24 Beethoven the Pianist hand, do not mention the court organist at all in connection with Ludwig’s tuition. ”57 In view of the uncertainty about Beethoven’s exact age at that time, van den Eeden might have become Beethoven’s teacher as late as 1780. On the other hand, Mäurer would surely have had opportunities to hear of Beethoven’s “progress” by that time. 58 There remains some uncertainty about the period, content, and frequency of van den Eeden’s lessons.

So to employ him as a teacher might have been a political choice as well as a musical one. beethoven’s clavier In addition to the search for Beethoven’s most influential teacher, a favorite question concerns the most likely keyboard instrument for Beethoven’s 77 Christian Gottlob Neefe, “Christian Gottlob Neefens Lebenslauf von ihm selbst beschrieben. Nebst beigefügtem Karakter,” in Die Sammlung der UB Kiel, Bonn, 1782 and 1789, 17 in the manuscript. de/ub/ Nachlass/Cramer/ (last accessed March 2, 2009).

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