Performing Beethoven

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Robin Stowell
Cambridge University Press, Sep 8, 1994 - Music - 246 pages
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The ten essays in this volume explore different aspects of the performance of instrumental works by Beethoven. Each essay discusses performance issues from Beethoven's time to the present, whether the objective be to realise a performance in an historically appropriate manner, to elucidate the interpretation of Beethoven's music by conductors and performers, to clarify transcriptions by editors or to reconstruct the experience of the listener in various different periods. Four contributions focus on the piano music while another group concentrates on Beethoven's music for strings. These chapters are complemented by an examination of Beethoven's exploitation of the developing wind choir, an evaluation of early twentieth-century recordings as pointers to early nineteenth-century performance practice and an historical survey of rescorings in Beethoven's symphonies.

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Barry Cooper University of Manchester
David Rowland Christs College Cambridge
Colin Lawson University of Sheffield
David Watkin London
Clive Brown University College Bretton Hall University of Leeds
Robin Stowell University of Wales College of Cardiff
Robert Philip The Open University
David Pickett Indiana University
Martin Hughes Berlin
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Robin Stowell is Professor of Music and Director of the Centre for Research into Historically Informed Performance at Cardiff University. Educated at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, he is also a violinist/period violinist and has performed, broadcast and recorded with The Academy of Ancient Music and other period-ensembles. Since his pioneering book Violin Technique and Performance Practice in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries (1985) he has published widely on issues of performance practice, organology, music of the 'long eighteenth century', violinists, chamber music and string playing in general. His more recent major publications include The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet (2003), The Early Violin and Viola (2001), a monograph on Beethoven's Violin Concerto (1998) and a co-authored volume (with Colin Lawson) on historical performance (1999), the first of a series of which he is co-editor.

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