Archduke Rudolph, Beethoven's Patron, Pupil, and Friend: His Life and Music

Kagan, Susan

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Synopsis: In early 19th-century Austria the Archduke Rudolph occupied multiple roles: a noble Hapsburg by birth a Cardinal-Archbishop by career and a dedicated musician by avocation. A talented pianist and composer Archduke Rudolph enjoyed the unique privilege of being Beethoven's only composition student and in the two decades of studying with him produced a sizable and well-crafted body of music for piano chamber ensemble and voice. Many of the Archduke's autograph manuscripts were corrected in detail by Beethoven giving us fascinating insights into Beethoven's thinking on the structure and syntax of music.

This comprehensive book surveys Archduke Rudolph's life and career in music which also encompasses his significant role as music patron and collector. It is based on a study of primary sources principally the autograph manuscripts of his compositions and sketches and most importantly Beethoven's own autographs-including sketches corrections on the Rudolph manuscripts and a four-measure theme composed expressly for Rudolph's use-produced here in facsimile for the first time.

Other primary sources examined include the Archduke's correspondence with Beethoven and members of the Imperial household the catalogues of Rudolph's music collection and documents related to his ecclesiastical career. The thematic catalogue of Archduke Rudolph's music lists all of his finished and unfinished works in chronological order as well as sketches copies and transcriptions. Fifty illustrations and 190 musical examples are also provided.

About the Author: Pianist Susan Kagan has pursued a multi-faceted career in music, as a performer, scholar, and critic. She has earned praise throughout the United States and Europe for her versatility and sensitive musicianship. Her career has included appointments as orchestra pianist with the St. Louis and Pittsburgh Symphonies and appearances with both orchestras as soloist in concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Ravel, and Bartók. Ms. Kagan was pianist of the St. Louis New Music Circle, the Nieuw Amsterdam Trio, and is currently pianist of the New York-based chamber music group Colleagues in Concert.
In 1989 Ms. Kagan gave an all-Schubert solo recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. That same year she appeared in concert in Czechoslovakia with the renowned Czech violinist Josef Suk. The duo performed sonatas by Beethoven and the premiere performance of a sonata by Beethoven s student, Archduke Rudolph. This program was repeated in New York at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in 1994. The 1992 Suk/Kagan recording of Archduke Rudolph s works for violin and piano for Koch International Records received three Grammy nominations. Subsequent CDs by the Suk/Kagan partnership include the complete sonatas of Grieg, and sonatas by Mendelssohn and Bargiel. In 1996, Susan Kagan recorded three Mozart piano concertos with the Suk Chamber Orchestra on the Vox Classics label, followed by another set of three concertos on Koch Discover. Ms. Kagan recorded a solo piano CD of works of Beethoven and his two students, Archduke Rudolph and Ferdinand Ries, which appeared on Koch records. Her premiere recording of the complete piano sonatas and sonatinas of Ferdinand Ries, in five volumes, has been released by Naxos Records.
Most recently, Ms. Kagan recorded a set of twelve keyboard sonatas by Christian Gottlob Neefe, Beethoven s teacher in Bonn, also for Naxos Records.
In addition to her performing career, Susan Kagan is a critic and musicologist. Her book, Archduke Rudolph, Beethoven s Patron, Pupil, and Friend, first published in 1988 by Pendragon Press, has recently been reprinted, and she has edited Archduke Rudolph s music for A-R Editions, Inc., and Doblinger-Verlag. Ms. Kagan is a record critic for Fanfare Magazine and often appeared as a critical panelist on WQXR s First Hearing.
Susan Kagan attended the University of Chicago, graduated cum laude from Columbia University, and earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She recently retired from Hunter College, where she taught music history, and was founder and president of the New York Chapter of the American Beethoven Society.

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