Ludwig Van Beethoven
Fidelio in Full Score
By (composer) Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book DescriptionBeethoven's only opera, "Fidelio "is a unique, enduring masterpiece of loyalty, unselfish love, and the human spirit the story of the faithful Leonora who risks everything to free her husband, Florestan, from unjust imprisonment. Though the plot line and the form of the libretto are far from unique, Beethoven after a decade of unceasing revision was able to rise above the limitations of the material and infuse it with transcendent nobility."Of all my children," the composer said, "this is the one that cost me with worst birth pangs . . . and for that reason it is the one most dear to me." Audiences and musicians have long shared Beethoven's sentiments, making "Fidelio" one of the most performed, most studied, most recorded operas of all time.This reliable edition from Dover reproduces the full orchestral and vocal score, with ample space in the margins for analytical notation. In one sturdily bound, inexpensive volume, here is Beethoven's genius for orchestration combined with the drama of the human voice in choruses, duets, emotion-filled arias, and an intense finale.More than anything else, the idealistic themes of the opera justice, freedom, heroism, love inspired Beethoven to transcend the libretto and forge a musical structure that far surpasses the literary foundation on which it is built. Whether in a humorous aria, such as "Hat man auch nicht Geld beineben," or a glorious four-part canon, such as "Mir ist so wunderbar," the music carries the words to a plane far beyond themselves.Reprinted in its entirety from the authoritative C. F. Peters edition, this faithful edition of the well-loved "Fidelio" will delight music lovers, opera enthusiasts, Beethoven devotees, teachers, and students not least of all for its remarkably affordable price."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780486247403
(303mm x 228mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Dover Publications Inc.
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1984
Country of Publication: United States
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The 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven as previously published by Schirmer, in one volume. With an introduction by Theodore Baker and preface by Sigmund Lebert.
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Beethoven's Letters, Paperback (July 2014)
Published in 1909, this two-volume collection of Beethoven's letters in English translation contains more than a thousand examples.
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Author Biography - Ludwig van Beethoven
The triumphant genius of Ludwig van Beethoven (17701827) casts a long shadow over classical music no other composer of the past two centuries has exercised an influence more profound than his. A product of the classicist generation, he was the first of the Romantics, and his exhilarating works remain undiminished intheir powers of enchantment."
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