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We hear Beethoven’s music as autobiography, but that wasn’t always the case

At a pre-COVID live performance of one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s cello sonatas, I was in the front row and had a great view of the musicians. Beethoven was watching, too, in the form of a scowling bust at the back of the stage. And the two just didn’t match. The music was playful and jesting, but Beethoven looked deeply unhappy. It struck me at that moment that the assumption of composers expressing themselves in their music was not as straightforward as it is often taken to be.The Beethoven Syn...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Classical Music, Beethoven, Mozart, Claude Debussy, Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Berlioz, Arts & Humanities, Haydn Mozart, Hector Berlioz, Elliott Carter, Maria Lupan, 9780190068479



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