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The nine symphonies of Beethoven

Author: Antony Hopkins
Publisher: Brookfield, Vt. : Scolar Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Beethoven's symphonies - pinnacles of music as Shakespeare's plays are pinnacles of drama - demand a fresh interpretation in every age. It is Antony Hopkins' achievement - based on many years' musical experience, study, broadcasting and writing - that he provides for the present generation of music-lovers a thoroughly illuminating guide to the nine symphonies. Always keeping close to the score and using numerous  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hopkins, Antony, 1921-
Nine symphonies of Beethoven.
Brookfield, Vt. : Scolar Press, 1996
(OCoLC)639587832
Named Person: Ludwig van Beethoven
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antony Hopkins
ISBN: 1859282466 9781859282465
OCLC Number: 34875741
Notes: Originally published: London : Heinemann ; Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1981.
Description: vi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Beethoven's inheritance --
Symphony no. 1 in C, op. 21 --
Interlude, a private despair --
Symphony no. 2 in D, op. 36 --
Interlude, Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité --
Symphony no. 3 in E♭, op. 55 --
Symphony no. 4 in B♭, op. 60 --
Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67 --
Interlude, love and nature --
Symphony no. 6 in F major, op. 68 --
Interlude, the creative daemon --
Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92 --
Symphony no. 8 in F major, op. 93 --
Symphony no. 9 in D minor, op. 125.
Responsibility: Antony Hopkins.

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This text provides an analysis of Beethoven's nine symphonies. Hopkins refers closely to the scores and uses numerous musical examples to illustrate his movement-by-movement study of each symphony,  Read more...

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