In 1796 the young Beethoven presented his first two cello sonatas, Op. 5, at the court of Frederick William II, an avid cellist and the reigning Prussian monarch. Released in print the next year, these revolutionary sonatas forever altered the cello repertoire by fundamentally redefining the relationship between the cello and the piano and promoting their parity. Beethoven continued to develop the potential of the duo partnership in his three other cello sonatas - the lyrical and heroic Op. 69 and the two experimental sonatas Op. 102, No. 1 and No. 2, transcendent compositions conceived on the threshold of the composer's late style.
In Beethoven's Cello, Marc D. Moskovitz and R. Larry Todd examine these seminal cornerstones of the cello repertoire and place them within their historical and cultural contexts. Also addressed arethe three variation sets and, in a series of interludes, the cellos owned by Beethoven, the changing nature of his pianos, the cello-centric 'Triple' Concerto and the arrangements for cello and piano of other works. Featuring a preface by renowned cellist Steven Isserlis and concluding with the reviews of the composer's cello music published during his lifetime, Beethoven's Cello is the ideal companion for cellists, pianists, musicologists and chamber-music devotees desiring a comprehensive understanding of this beloved repertoire.
"Winner of the 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award" .
"Although [Beethoven's five] sonatas [for cello and piano] are a core part of the repertoire, they never seem to receive their due as startlingly innovative efforts that are also remarkably successful as music. The book is a welcome corrective and tells something like the whole story of these pieces: how and why they came to be, how they work, where they reside within Beethoven's output. . . . The authors' scholarship is extensive, authoritative, and absolutely current, and for once, there is enough space for a thorough look. No other single source on Beethoven's cello music lives in the same universe as this beautifully composed volume. . . . Essential." CHOICE
"A remarkably fine book which will likely become the definitive reference for cellists, scholars and serious Beethoven devotees." STRINGENDO AUSTA NATIONAL JOURNAL
"It's hard to envision a more comprehensive single-volume introduction to Beethoven and the cello, and performers, listeners and researchers will all find something to engage them here...what's clear throughout is that Moskovitz and Todd genuinely love this music, and send you back to it with renewed enthusiasm." GRAMOPHONE
"Beethoven's Cello is not only thoroughly researched and documented, its engaging writing style is more readable than that of the typical academic music book. The authors' theoretical analysis and historical insights will be of practical use to performers. . . . Boydell Press has produced an attractive volume, beautifully laid out, with many illustrations, that makes a meaningful contribution to general Beethoven scholarship." FANFARE
"An impressive piece of scholarship . . . a work of thoroughness and quality." STRINGS MAGAZINE
From Zemlinsky's early success as a composer and widely recognized achievements as a conductor to his eventual descent into obscurity, this new biography places Zemlinsky (1871-1942) against the backdrops of Vienna, Prague and Berlin and illuminates his relationships with figures like Johannes Brahms, Alma Schindler, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg. Moskovitz's exploration of Zemlinsky's songs, operas, choral works, chamber music and symphonic compositions follows the composer's search for a distinctly personal sound, revealing an artist caught up in the music of his time yet unwilling to abandon his 19th century roots.
Alexander Zemlinsky: A Lyric Symphony includes an Afterword by conductor James Conlon and a complete discography of Zemlinsky recordings.
"Moskovitz has supplied a bibliography that is lively, encouraging, and informative. [...] Alexander Zemlinsky: A Lyric Symphony is a worthy introduction to a composer worth knowing. Zemlinsky's wait has been much too long. If his time has still not come, it is long overdue, and Moskovitz's book should help to hasten its arrival." THE TRIANGLE
"This book goes a long way towards filling a gap in the Zemlinsky literature, while also raising interesting questions that suggest further work needs to be done. [...] Moskovitz's contribution will undoubtedly inspire future interest in Zemlinsky's life and music, among music lovers and scholars alike." NOTES
"Marc D. Moskovitz's work, blessed with such primary source material as the Zemlinsky-Schoenberg correspondence, is [a] milestone. ... Moskovitz constructs a lively presentation of his subject and his time. ... [and] does this composer, whom he clearly reveres, the honor of a concise, shapely and objective biography." OPERA NEWS
"Dans cette biographie attrayante et abordable, Marc D. Moskovitz situe très bien le personnage dans son époque [...] et consacre son chapitre final à la redécouverte tardive de ce génie oublié. Toutes les ouvres importantes sont commentées [...] cet ouvrage se lit avec un intérêt qui ne décroît jamais." FORUM OPERA
"[A] painstaking and generally elegant written monograph." MUSICAL TIMES
"Readers interested in the history of modern conducting, Austrian and German musical culture in the first half of the 20th century, musical modernism, and the relationship between modernism and Nazism will find this book especially useful. Recommended." CHOICE
"[A] splendid biography [...] Moskovitz lays down the narrative of Zemlinsky's life in prose that is clear, direct, and engaging. He expertly describes Zemlinsky's music, from the Brahmsian Clarinet Trio [...] the Lyric Symphony. Like any capable biographer, Moskovitz ties in political history." QUARTER NOTES
"[Moskovitz doesn't idealise his hero's character and gives... a sense... of the strengths and weaknesses of someone so close to many high modernism's most active and challenging personalities. His use of unpublished letters from Zemlinsky to Alma Mahler, and of Zemlinsky's second wife Louise... provides additional colour and content. ... [Moskovitz's] book leaves us in no doubt of just how complex and how crucial Zemlinsky's personal and professional relations were." GRAMOPHONE
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