The Beethoven Sonatas and the Creative Experience

Product Number: EB00742759
Released: Nov 19, 2018
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ISBN: #9780253011534
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The definitive study of Beethoven's piano sonatas is "remarkable as an insider's account of the works in an individual perspective." (European Music Teacher) In "one of the most interesting, useful and even exciting books on the process of musical creation" (American Music Teacher), Kenneth O. Drake groups the Beethoven piano sonatas according to their musical qualities, rather than their chronology. He explores the interpretive implications of rhythm, dynamics, slurs, harmonic effects, and melodic development and identifies specific measures where Beethoven skillfully employs these compositional devices. An interpreter searching for meaning, Drake begins with Beethoven's expressive treatment of the keyboard-the variations of touch, articulation, line, color, use of silence, and the pacing of musical ideas. He then analyzes individual sonatas, exploring motivic development, philosophic overtones, and technical demands. Hundreds of musical examples illustrate this exploration of emotional and interpretive implications of "the 32." Here musicians are encouraged to exercise intuition and independence of thought, complementing their performance skills with logical conclusions about ideas and relationships within the score.

Author(s): Kenneth Drake
Original Publish Date: Apr 22, 1994

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