The Changing Image of Beethoven: A Study in Mythmaking

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No composer in the history of music has undergone so many makeovers in the portrayal of his facial features or the interpretation of his cultural legacy as Ludwig van Beethoven. The myth began during his lifetime when few verbal or visual portrayals of the composer adhered strictly to his physical appearance; instead his mannerisms, manners, and moods prevailed. Promoted from peevish recluse to Promethean hero, he was pictured early on as a 'genius inspired by inner voices in the presence of nature, with leonine hair writhing wildly in symbolic parallel to the seething turbulence of creativity,' according to the author. In this unique study of the myth-making process across two centuries, Alessandra Comini examines the contradictory imagery of Beethoven in contemporary verbal accounts and in some 200 paintings, prints, sculptures, and monuments. With a witty yet penetrating narrative, she moves through these images to construct a collective image of the composer that reflects the many differing impressions left by devoted 'myth makers' ranging from Wagner, Nietzsche, Berlioz, and Brahms to Rolland, D'Annunzio, and Jenny Lind.

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University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University, Alessandra Comini is the author of eight books, one of which was nominated for the National Book Award (Egon Schiele's Portraits). The Republic of Austria extended her its Grand Decoration of Honor in 1990, the National Women's Caucus for Art gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, and a Comini Lecture Series in her honor was founded in Dallas in 2005. She is associate producer of Museum Music's just-released recording Klimt Musik, featuring composers from Beethoven to Alma and Gustav Mahler.

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"Your unusual fantasy and passion for what you do will guarantee once again that your views on Beethoven are convincing." --Kurt Masur, Conductor Emeritus, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New York Philharmonic

"Comini has crafted a magisterial narrative that begins in Beethoven's lifetime and culminates in that defining event of Viennese modernism, the Secession Exhibition of 1902. Such an analysis of the construction of a cultural myth has never been so satisfyingly realized." --Scott Messing, Charles A. Dana Professor of Music, Alma College

"Since its appearance, Alessandra Comini's The Changing Image of Beethoven has become the classic study of Beethoven iconography that is so engrossingly written it is difficult to put down. Beethoven becomes a lens through which we view the past two centuries with deepened understanding." --William Rhea Meredith, Ph.D., Director, The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

"Of the many books on Beethoven to have appeared in recent years, I would go so far as to say that I regard this work to be one of the most original contributions to Beethoven scholarship since Maynard Solomon's landmark biography of 1977. Unlike a biography, however, Dr. Comini's book focuses attention on the figure of Beethoven and his changing reception history. Despite its remarkable scope, this book wears its scholarship lightly. It is eminently readable, and always popular with my students." --Eric Wen, Chairman of Musical Studies, The Curtis Institute of Music

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