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Beethoven Paperback – December 30, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0520212268 ISBN-10: 0520212266 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 385 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (December 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520212266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520212268
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,938,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A most welcome addition to Beethoven literature ... combines a musician's perception of the music and an informed musicologist's command of recent Beethoven scholarship."--Alfred Brendel


"The great strength of William Kinderman's Beethoven lies in its superb analyses of many of the composer's works. Kinderman is at his best when revealing the "dramatic narrative" intrinsic to Beethoven's greatest compositions. Kinderman's analyses are original - sometimes breathtakingly so - insightful, sympathetic, and entirely convincing. It is impossible to read this book without having gained renewed appreciation of Beethoven's massive achievement ... it is impossible adequately to convey in a short review the book's powerful overall impact ... William Kinderman not only brilliantly accomplishes what he set out to do, but he has also produced a work that will be useful as a handbook or guide to Beethoven's music. Taken in its entirety, Kinderman's Beethoven will stand as a modern classic in Beethoven scholarship."--The Beethoven Journal, Fall 1995, Volume 10, Number 2


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"A most welcome addition to Beethoven literature . . . combines a musician's perception of the music and an informed musicologist's command of recent Beethoven scholarship."—Alfred Brendel

"Both strongly original and grounded in the best and most recent scholarship."—Maynard Solomon

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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This unhackneyed, interesting book surveys Beethoven's music via representative, sometimes little known works, arrayed in a loose biographical framework. Kinderman concentrates on Beethoven's characteristic traits, many of which are clearly audible already in the composer's childhood and teenage works. The book is aimed at a general audience, though a little familiarity with Beethoven's music and basic musical terminogy is useful (sonata, recapitulation, key).

The book conveys an idea of some of Beethoven's compositional techniques (the analyses are relatively brief, and often only cover aspects of given works, but many are extremely insightful). In more descriptive passages, Kinderman hones in on the essential in the music, without wasting time with the usual sturm+drang+fate baggage too often equated with Beethoven. Typical Beethovenish features, such as the mischievous sense of humor, and the sensory and emotional effects achieved without a trace of sentimentality, get their due too.

To be sure, there are some flaws. The segments on certain philosophical tendencies of the time were not interesting (for me), but Kinderman does clearly label these optional. Fortunately, the reader can easily separate out subjective interpretations from the first rate analyses, since Kinderman doesn't disguise his views in pretend academic authority. I do somewhat cringe at the musicological cliche of calling Beethoven's middle period "heroic". To me, this baffling label puts a false programmatic spin on what is really extremely varied music.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on October 31, 2005
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Certainly this is one of the best books currently available on the Master. It features some fairly in-depth musical textual criticism; moreover, Kinderman has a good handle on philosophical aesthetic criticism of the period of early German Romanticism and Idealist Philosophy (viz., Hegel, Schiller, et alii).

Useful to both the philosopher and the musician.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Quiltlover on January 10, 2013
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A Treasure Trove for Music Experts... because the author analyzes very finely a number of Beethoven's compositions. If I had ANY TRAINING in music, I am sure that I would have been entranced by all these insights and interpretations; but unfortunately, I have absolutely no knowledge about the inner workings of music and can only assume that those who do will find this book fascinating. Despite my ignorance, I stuck with reading the book (scanning over the passages that dealt with the mechanics of music), gained some insight from the author's interpretations, and now know that behind the music created is more than just what meets the ear.
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