Many books have been written about Beethoven but it is rare to find one which seeks an alternative to the tendency of academia, on the one hand, to fragmentation, and of popular biographical writing, on the other, to a superficial overview. In this volume, the late Carl Dahlhaus combines the interpretations of individual works with excursions into the musical aesthetics of the period around 1800, an age which was not only a 'classical' period in the history of the arts but also one in which aesthetics carved itself a place in the centre of philosophical attention. The theme of the book is the reconstruction of Beethoven's 'musical thinking' from the evidence in the works themselves and their context in the history of ideas. A table entitled 'Chronicle' places the references to biographical data in their historical context. The selective bibliography includes comments to assist readers to find their way in the labyrinth of the literature about Beethoven.
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Author Biography - Carl Dahlhaus
Carl Dahlhaus was a prolific author and one of the leading German musicologists in the field of 19th- and 20th-century music. He was also editor-in-chief of Richard Wagner's Gesamtausgabe.