From Library Journal
In examining reviews of Beethoven's music in the major music journals of his time, Wallace documents a theory that these reviews bridge a gap between 18th- and 19th-century music aesthetics. He finds attempts to synthesize two often-opposing approaches to music criticismthe analytic, emphasizing form and abstraction, and that seeking extra-musical interpretation, emphasizing expression. Wallace challenges not only the common notion that 19th-century German musical thought stressed the abstract in music but also the equally common notion that Beethoven's music was not well received by the press. Though the writing is labored, this book will appeal to music scholars. Recommended to academic libraries with strong music collections. Steven J. Squires, Health Sciences Lib., Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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'Robin Wallace's book is an important addition to the literature in the field, providing a detailed, yet concisely presented examination of the critical reception of Beethoven in contemporary musical periodicals.' Music and Letters
'Beethoven's Critics contains a wealth of fascinating information about the ways in which the composer's contemporaries and the following generation performed, heard, studied and evaluated his music.' Classical Music