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Ludwig Van Beethoven - Bicentennial Edition, 1770-1970 Hardcover – January 1, 1970


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  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Pall Mall P; 1ST edition (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0269026193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0269026195
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,390,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a coffee table book, put out by the recording company Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft (DGG), commemorating the bicentennial of Beethoven's birth (it was publihed in 1972, but 1970 represents the 200 year anniversary). The book is heavily illustrated, including samples of Beethoven's scores for his music.

The book begins with an essay on the life of Beethoven (written by Joseph Schmidt-Gorg). This includes the text (in English) of the Heiligenstadt Testament, filled with a sort of stoic resignation, with his deafness increasing. Following are chapters on his symphonies, concertos, chamber music with wind instruments, piano trios and quartets, his one opera (Fidelio), music for the stage, miscellanous vocal works, and so on.

The book closes with a chapter on Beethoven's character and way of life (fascinating reading). At the end is a bibliography, indexes, a discography of key DGG versions of Beethoven's works (e.g., von Karajan's set of all nine symphonies is selected), and a list of the composer's works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lekan on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you have a classical music library and appreciate fine books (especially vintage and Beethoven), then this beautiful staturesque edition would be a great acquisition. I came across a copy at our library and was most impressed with it. It is a very large format with brilliant, full-color pictures of historic places, rare instruments, Beethoven's circle of friends and many photos of Beethoven's original scores. You will find many unique, "niche" things in this magnificant book that are not in other books. In addition to chapters on Beethoven's lifestyle and character, the bulk of the chapters are broken down into the various genres of Beethoven's output: symphony, concerto, quartets, trios, duos, sonatas, vocal, sacred, and of course his one-and-only opera. Such a format conveniently lends itself to the contextual study of one's favorite works, which I really enjoyed. What most impressed me too was the superbly written essays on each - rich in style and substance, musical history, and compelling accounts full of many fascinating ancedotes. So, this is really a beautiful and valuable book to grace one's coffee table that will never go out of style or relevance in spite of its 1970's publication date. And it has all the fine qualities that the most discriminating bibliophile will appreciate and admire.
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Format: Hardcover
The criticism is also its strength. The large size hardcover book (12.5 inches square) makes handling cumbersome. But the illustrations are large and superb several grades higher than in most books. The first chapter reviews Beethoven's life and the remaining 13 chapters review the music types such as symphony, concertos, chamber music and vocal music. Who influenced Beethoven? What do the sketches tell us? These are original essays not a ho hum run through. The 11 contributors are all musicologists connected with the famous Beethoven Haus in the Bonn Archives.

The 30 photographs of Beethoven's handwriting is not always clear, but are transcribed for those who read German. The indexes are by personal names, illustrations, Beethoven compositions by opus number and Deutsche Gramophon discography. The illustrations include letters, musical scores, manuscript covers, period instruments and buildings. Much of the information is from the famous Beethoven Haus Bonn Archives. Be assured the information is accurate and authoritative.
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This Book from 1970 will look good on your coffee table or on your record shelf (it measures 12" by 12" - same as an LP). Inside it is filled with pictures and information from and about the life of Ludwig Van Beethoven. Now that the book has become rare, it will grow in value and appreciation.
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