Beethoven After Napoleon
Political Romanticism in the Late Works
By (author) Stephen Rumph
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Beethoven After Napoleon by Stephen Rumph
Book DescriptionBeethoven's political views, Rumph argues, were not quite as liberal as many have assumed. While scholars agree that the works of the Napoleonic era such as the Eroica Symphony or Fidelio embody enlightened, revolutionary ideals of progress, freedom, and humanism, Beethoven's later works have attracted less political commentary. Rumph contends that the later works show clear affinities with a native German ideology that exalted history, religion, and the organic totality of state and society. He claims that as the Napoleonic Wars plunged Europe into political and economic turmoil, Beethoven's growing antipathy to the French mirrored the experience of his Romantic contemporaries. Rumph maintains that Beethoven's turn inward is no pessimistic retreat but a positive affirmation of new conservative ideals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520238558
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen Rumph
Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics, Hardback (October 2011)» View all books by Stephen Rumph
A study of late eighteenth-century music. It focuses on Mozart to explore musical meaning within the context of Enlightenment sign and language theory. Illuminating the discussion with French, British, German, and Italian writings on signs and language, it analyzes movements from Mozart's symphonies, concertos, operas, and church music.
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Author Biography - Stephen Rumph
Stephen Rumph is Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Washington, Seattle.
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