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The Beethoven Sketchbooks: History, Reconstruction, Inventory

Johnson, Douglas;Tyson, Alan;Winter, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0520048350 / ISBN 13: 9780520048355
Published by Univ of California Pr, Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1985
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4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 611p. The need for a comprehensive description of Beethoven's sketchbooks finally is met with his massive book which is not only represents an essential reference work for the Musicologist but is of value to a serious beginning scholar on the subject. Here are included works feared lost in World War II but discovered in Poland in 1977. General Index and an index of works and location of manuscripts. Appendices A & B deal with the watermarks of the principal papers. Bookseller Inventory # 016326

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Title: The Beethoven Sketchbooks: History, ...

Publisher: Univ of California Pr, Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Cloth/hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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A comprehensive description of Beethoven's sketchbooks - bound books of music paper in which Beethoven made sketches for his compositions from about 1798 - has been long felt by Beethoven scholars. Although almost all the sketchbooks have survived in one form or another, it became clear in the 1960s that they were in a state of disarray. A reconstruction of their original condition was essential to the proper study of their musical contents. The book comprises: * Introductory chapters which summarize the ways in which past scholars have treated the sketches, explain the bewildering nomenclature that surrounds them, and proceed to more detailed discussions of the principal collections through which they passed. There is a central portion consisting of detailed accounts of individual desk and pocket sketchbooks. Each account follows the same basic plan: provenance of the manuscript, problems of reconstruction, chronology, contents, and structural chart. Later chapters deal with the sketches in score for the late quartets and highlight some of the problems. Beethovian scholars and students, especially those interested in the compositional process.

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