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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Music Scores
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486260348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486260341
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommended for any musician out there.
Trevor
It was great having my favorite symphonies in one volume, and that there were no errors.
J. K. Snyder
You can listen to the music and what the shapes go by.
Craig Matteson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on October 16, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These Dover score editions are best known for their low prices. For the Beethoven symphonies, these are pretty much just reproductions of the 1865 Litolff edition, which contains numerous mistakes that were corrected in later, better editions. The 9x12 format is good for the full score format, making it easy to view all the orchestral parts at the same time. The note heads are big enough to be clearly legible.

Knowing the deficiency of the source edition, my major complaint is there are no measure numbers so it's a big inconvenience for anyone wishing to study specific points in the score.

BTW, all these are available for free download as PDF on [...]. But for me, having these in a book format beats having to print out page after page of PDF which gets messy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Shortt on October 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
How Dover publications do it for the price , let alone Amazon really amazes me

Three wonderful symphonies in one book . Well printed and easy to read . A must have for any musician , conductor or just to obtain a better understanding of the works .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Mcneill on December 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
These scores (as well as those of the other symphonies) are worth having. Serious students of music can take invaluable lessons from Beethoven's knowledge of counterpoint, orchestration, dynamics, melody, harmony, notation, and form. Additionally these are great listening aids, pointing out "Nebenstimmen" ("secondary voices") that might not be noticed at first listen. This way one can learn to enjoy Beethoven (and other music) as many melodies intertwining into a larger fabric.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hermes Camacho on October 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Generally free of errors. Large, readable print and lays flat for study, conducting, or simply for enjoyment. Good for students and professionals alike.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
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The print is large and very clear; easy to follow. Everything is laid out very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Snyder on December 29, 2005
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I started learing how to read scores 3 years ago, this was my first one. It was great having my favorite symphonies in one volume, and that there were no errors. The music is very easy to follow with a recording, and I learned so much about tonal structures, techniques, different clefs, transpostion, and about orchestration. If you are really interested in studying scores, I highly reccomend this one as a starter.
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Format: Paperback
Beethoven's Fifth, Sixth (Pastorale), and Seventh symphonies are among his most popular works. While I am sure you can hear the opening motive of the Fifth in your mind, it is typical to hear it as a triplet with a strong articulation of the first note. However, a quick look at the score will show you that it begins with an 8th rest and that the three notes are really three straight 8ths of G that flow into the strong downbeat on the E-flat. That is the kind of clarity you get from looking at the scores and making sure that you are hearing the music correctly. It makes a great deal of difference in how you make sense of the music. The same holds true for the Sixth and Seventh. You will love watching how the Horns are used in the Seventh and those groaning basses in the last movement. Just wonderful stuff.

I appreciate the Dover edition of these works because the large format makes for easier reading and provides room for making notes while you are studying. For example, you might want to make something special or unique to one recording so that when you listen to another you can compare the two.

And if you don't read music very well, these symphonies are a good place to start. You can listen to the music and what the shapes go by. And eventually you will get used to the link between the sound and what you see. These scores are not as dense as, say Mahler or Strauss or works with huge orchestras. So, the classics make a great way to get into the pool, so to speak. Honestly, even if you can't read the notes, you will notice things after a few listenings that you had not heard before because you see the `shape' in the score.

The Dover editions are also very durable and will last for many years of use. These editions are nice and clear and easy on the eyes because the contrast between the dark ink and light paper is very good, but not blinding.

Recommended. Expand your horizons!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By duetbetter on June 15, 2007
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I agree with a previous reviewer that these are not good for conducting work. These scores are reprints that lack the precision, clarity and readability of the Baerenreiter scores, which are based on recent scholarship. However, just for casual listening and studying purposes, they do fine and are much more affordable than Baerenreiter.
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