Beethoven's Symphonies: An Artistic Vision by Lewis Lockwood

By Lewis Lockwood

An exploration of the dependable creative imaginative and prescient underlying Beethoven’s symphonies, from one of many world’s best students of the composer’s works.

More than the other composer, Beethoven left to posterity an enormous physique of fabric that records the early levels of just about every little thing he wrote. From this trove of sketchbooks, Lewis Lockwood attracts us into the composer’s brain, unveiling an inventive means of mind-blowing scope and originality.

For musicians and nonmusicians alike, Beethoven’s symphonies stand on the summit of inventive fulfillment, enjoyed this present day as they have been 200 years in the past for his or her emotional cogency, style, and extraordinary individuality. Beethoven worked to accomplish 9 of them over his lifetime—a area of Mozart’s output and a 10th of Haydn’s—yet no musical works are extra iconic, extra indelibly stamped at the reminiscence of someone who has heard them. they're the goods of an mind's eye that drove the composer to construct out of the top musical traditions of the earlier anything startlingly new.

Lockwood brings to endure a protracted occupation of learning the surviving assets that yield perception into Beethoven’s inventive paintings, together with suggestion sketches for symphonies that have been by no means complete. From those, Lockwood bargains interesting revelations into the ancient and biographical conditions during which the symphonies have been composed. during this compelling tale of Beethoven’s singular ambition, Lockwood introduces readers to the symphonies as person works of art, widely tracing their genesis opposed to the backdrop of political upheavals, live performance lifestyles, and their courting to his significant works in different genres. From the 1st symphonies, written in the course of his rising deafness, to the enormous 9th, Lockwood brings to existence Beethoven’s lifelong ardour to compose works of unsurpassed beauty.

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Among them was a new notion, still curious and outrageous to most in the eighteenth century, that Earth might in fact be a very good deal older than the human race that inhabited it, such that humankind and its planet might not in fact have been of near-simultaneous origin. There was no evidence whatsoever for such views—those who doubted Creation were indulging in little more than inspired hunches. In later years the hunches became more certain, and indeed it would be William Smith’s discoveries that would go some long way toward confirming them.

In fact it was during the late eighteenth century—most probably for the first time—that society suddenly seemed to realize it had become a vastly complicated entity, its characteristics linking and interconnecting with one another in wholly unexpected ways. Such domino effects first became apparent when it was revealed, at the turn of the century, that Britain could no longer feed itself. The consumption of white bread and roast beef, for example, led indirectly to a set of completely unanticipated consequences.

The Camerton & Limpley Stoke Railway 10. The Somerset Coal Canal 11. Tucking Mill 12. Tucking Mill House 13. An Ichthyosaur 14. A Plesiosaur 15. The Tethyan Ocean 16. Leioceras opalinum 17. The Jurassic of England (Indication of Outcrop) 18. Titanites giganteus 19. Asteroceras 20. No. 15 Buckingham Street 21. The King’s Bench Prison 22. Ammonites sublaevis 23. Scarborough City Museum 24. Hackness Hall 25. The Sheldonian Theatre 26. Detail of ornate stonework at the House of Commons 27. Geological Time Scale A NOTE ON THE MAP INSERT The brilliance of William Smith’s achievement can be amply demonstrated by comparing his great map of 1815 with the one produced today by the British Geological Survey.

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