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Author Rumph, Stephen C.,
Title Beethoven after Napoleon : political romanticism in the late works / Stephen Rumph.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2004.

Author Rumph, Stephen C.,
Series California studies in 19th century music ; 14
California studies in 19th century music ; 14.
Subject Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Romanticism in music.
Europe -- History -- 1789-1900.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 295 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-278) and index.
Contents A kingdom not of this world -- The heroic sublime -- Promethean history -- 1809 -- Contrapunctus I: prelude and fugue -- Contrapunctus II: double fugue -- Androgynous utopias -- Vox populi, vox dei -- A modernist epilogue.
Summary In this analysis of Beethoven's late style, Stephen Rumph demonstrates how deeply political events shaped the composer's music, from his early enthusiasm for the French Revolution to his later entrenchment during the Napoleonic era. Beethoven after Napoleon challenges accepted views by illustrating the influence of German Romantic political thought in the formation of the artist's mature style. 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. --From publisher's description.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780520930124 (electronic bk.)
0520930126 (electronic bk.)
0520238559 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520238558 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1597344842 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
9781597344845 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
ISBN/ISSN 9780520238558
OCLC # 56733720
Additional Format Print version: Rumph, Stephen C. Beethoven after Napoleon. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2004 0520238559 (DLC) 2003024818 (OCoLC)53434863

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