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Alan Gosman Co-authors New Beethoven Book

 09/06/2013

A central source of insight into Beethoven's creative mind at a crucial stage of his career

Alan Gosman (associate professor of music in music theory at the University of Michigan) and Lewis Lockwood (the Fanny Peabody Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and the author of Beethoven: The Music and the Life) have announced the publication of their new book, Beethoven's "Eroica" Sketchbook: A Critical Edition, transcribed, edited, and with a commentary by Lewis Lockwood and Alan Gosman (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2013; ISBN: 978-0-252-03743-6).

The "Eroica" Sketchbook (Berlin MS Landsberg 6, now in Kraków) has been known to the musical world since 1880 when excerpts from it were published by Gustav Nottebohm. For the first time, this edition makes available both a complete facsimile and transcription of the sketchbook, along with a detailed commentary on the origins, contents, and significance of this vitally important source.

Beethoven's many surviving sketchbooks bear witness to the vast creative labor that lay behind the musical masterpieces he left to posterity.  Among them, one of the most famous is the "Eroica" Sketchbook, containing all the known sketches for the "Eroica" Symphony, the "Waldstein" Sonata, and other works of 1803-04. These include his first sketches for the opera Leonore (later entitled Fidelio) as well as the unfinished opera Vestas Feuer, the oratorio Christus am Oelberge, the Triple Concerto, songs, keyboard compositions, and early sketches that later bore fruit in the Fourth Piano Concerto and the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies. It also contains ideas for works that were never completed. The "Eroica" Sketchbook is essentially a diary of Beethoven's creative work during one of the great turning points in his career. As such, this edition deepens our understanding of Beethoven's creative process, and offers new insights into some of Beethoven's most celebrated works.

"Without question, the publication of this book is a cause for rejoicing among the community of Beethoven scholars and all those who undertake serious studies of Beethoven's music. Lockwood and Gosman's transcription of Beethoven's notoriously difficult notation is an achievement of the first order."  --Richard Kramer, author of Unfinished Music.

"A very impressive scholarly edition of the most famous and important of Beethoven's sketchbooks, long treasured for their illumination of Beethoven's works. The difficult notations are deciphered scrupulously and ingeniously, and Lockwood and Gosman have not hesitated to add their clarifications of obscure notations right on the transcription pages."  --Joseph Kerman, author of Opera and the Morbidity of Music.

 

 

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