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By Robert S. Kahn

ISBN-10: 0810874180

ISBN-13: 9780810874183

The Grosse Fuge, composed by way of Ludwig van Beethoven in his overdue interval, has an concerned and complex historical past. Written for a string quartet yet released as an self sustaining paintings, the piece increases attention-grabbing questions about even if track with no phrases may have which means, and invokes hypothesis in regards to the composer and his state of mind whilst he wrote it. Kahn appears heavily on the musical, aesthetic, philosophical, and old difficulties the paintings increases, contemplating its heritage, constitution and improvement, that means, and reaction between critics and contemporaries. Kahn additionally stories Beethoven's problems with publishers and sponsors, his lifestyle, and his personality in mild of modern advances within the pharmacology of depressive illness.

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Grosse Fuge of their ancient and social contexts, arguing that Beethoven meant the Fuge because the finale of his String Quartet Opus one hundred thirty and created a replacement finale for the quartet at his publisher's urging; no longer simply because he was once unsatisfied with the paintings. Beethoven is tested as a contract musician: a vocation whose individuals have been often excluded from society and the security of its legislation, together with appreciate for copyright. considered during this mild, Beethoven's recognized quirks and resentments turn into comprehensible, even rational. Kahn additionally devotes a bankruptcy to the phenomenon of synesthesia—a experience of movement via 3-dimensional volumes of space—examining how a few works of Western song can evoke synesthesia in listeners. He additionally speculates that Beethoven's artistic dry spell in his past due 40s used to be because of a longer bout with medical melancholy. Written for a basic viewers and together with a bibliography and index, this interesting research will curiosity students and fanatics of classical tune and Beethoven.

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