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Beethoven and the Construction of Genius: Musical Politics in Vienna, 1792-1803 Tia DeNora

Beethoven and the Construction of Genius: Musical Politics in Vienna, 1792-1803

Tia DeNora

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ISBN : 9780520211582
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252 pages
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In this provocative account Tia DeNora reconceptualizes the notion of genius by placing the life and career of Ludwig van Beethoven in its social context. She explores the changing musical world of late eighteenth-century Vienna and follows theMoreIn this provocative account Tia DeNora reconceptualizes the notion of genius by placing the life and career of Ludwig van Beethoven in its social context. She explores the changing musical world of late eighteenth-century Vienna and follows the activities of the small circle of aristocratic patrons who paved the way for the composers success.DeNora reconstructs the development of Beethovens reputation as she recreates Viennas robust musical scene through contemporary accounts, letters, magazines, and myths—a colorful picture of changing times. She explores the ways Beethoven was seen by his contemporaries and the image crafted by his supporters. Comparing Beethoven to contemporary rivals now largely forgotten, DeNora reveals a figure musically innovative and complex, as well as a keen self-promoter who adroitly managed his own celebrity.DeNora contends that the recognition Beethoven received was as much a social achievement as it was the result of his personal gifts. In contemplating the political and social implications of culture, DeNora casts many aspects of Beethovens biography in a new and different light, enriching our understanding of his success as a performer and composer.