Beethoven's Symphonies Arranged for the Chamber : Sociability, Reception, and Canon Formation, Hardback Book

Beethoven's Symphonies Arranged for the Chamber : Sociability, Reception, and Canon Formation Hardback

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Early nineteenth-century composers, publishers and writers evolved influential ideals of Beethoven's symphonies as untouchable masterpieces.

Meanwhile, many and various arrangements of symphonies, principally for amateur performers, supported diverse and 'hands-on' cultivation of the same works.

Now mostly forgotten, these arrangements served a vital function in nineteenth-century musical life, extending works' meanings and reach, especially to women in the home.

This book places domestic music-making back into the history of the classical symphony.

It investigates a largely untapped wealth of early nineteenth-century arrangements of symphonies by Beethoven - for piano, string quartet, mixed quintet and other ensembles.

The study focuses on three key agents in the nineteenth-century culture of musical arrangement: arrangers, publishers and performers.

It investigates significant functions of those musical arrangements in the era: sociability, reception and canon formation.

The volume also explores how conceptions of Beethoven's symphonies, and their arrangement, changed across the era with changing conception of musical works.

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