The 'oneness' Beethoven
achieves in his final Quartet Op.
Hair which was published in an adult version in 2001 and became a Washington Post Book of the Year brings forensics back into the realm of amateurs.
WHEN der Beethoven
died in 1827, he was eulogized in language that suggested much more than the passing of a remarkable man--or even the passing of a man looked upon as aesthetically supreme in his art.
5 Alfred Ebert, 'Die ersten auffuhrungen von Beethovens
Es-Dur Quartett (op.
Orchestermusik und Konzerte is the first volume in a six-volume set of books that the publisher's Web site claims is "the most comprehensive Beethoven
-Panorama of all time.
Letter 175, in the second volume, is from Clemens Brentano, brother of Bettina and half-brother of Franz, with all of whom at various times Beethoven
is known to have had close relationships.
Joachim Kaiser, Beethovens
32 Klaviersonalen und ihre Interpreten (Frankfurt am Main: Fischer, 1984; various printings), 508-9.
By the time of the 'Razumovsky' quartets, public performances, notably by Ignaz Schuppanzigh, had become familiar; Beethoven
responded by writing works that are less conversational and more virtuosic and that aim to 'project' the music to a concert audience.
44 in Norbert Gertsch's article, "Ludwig van Beethovens
'Hammerklavier' Sonate op.
SV: Hans Schmidt, "Verzeichnis der Skizzen Beethovens
-Jahrbuch 6 (1965/68): 7-128.
An urgency to understand it seemed even to precede its composition: "Frau von Weissenthurn wishes to hear something of the ideas that underlay the composition of your Mass," wrote a visitor in Beethoven
's conversation book in December of 1819, years before any of the work was ready to be heard (Ludwig van Beethovens
For almost 150 years, the Breitkopf & Hartel Beethoven
Gesamtausgabe (Ludwig van Beethovens
Werke, 25 series in 36 vols.