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Beethoven'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 Details

ISBN: 9780520238558
ISBN-10: 0520238559
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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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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