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Beethoven's Letters 2 Volume Set: A Critical Edition with Explanatory Notes (Cambridge Library Collection - Music)

Ludwig van Beethoven

ISBN 10: 1108078478 / ISBN 13: 9781108078474
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Title: Beethoven's Letters 2 Volume Set: A Critical...

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Publication Date: 2008

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a prolific letter writer. Often written in great haste - he regularly signed off 'in der Eile' - his correspondence allows us to follow his anxieties and preoccupations. From his first letter, written at the age of thirteen, wherein he declared his lifelong commitment to the craft of music, through the poignant 'Heiligenstadt Testament', up to the final codicil to his will, these documents reveal the human figure behind some of the greatest music ever written. In this two-volume English translation of 1909, John South Shedlock (1843-1919) retains as far as possible the idiosyncratic and error-ridden texts as written by the great composer. Volume 1 covers the years to 1816, and includes Beethoven's heartbreaking unsent 1802 letter to his brothers. Volume 2, spanning the period 1816-27, finds Beethoven concerned over his financial situation and the poor printing of his music.

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Beethoven was a prolific letter writer, with thousands of examples surviving to this day. This illustrated collection of more than 1,200, published in English translation in 1909, includes the 'Heiligenstadt Testament', one of many documents that provide valuable insights into the mind of a musical genius.

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