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By Lewis Lockwood

It's popular that Mozart constructed his works in his head after which easily transcribed them onto paper, whereas Beethoven laboured assiduously over sketches and drafts. certainly Beethoven's large sketchbooks (which overall over 8,000 pages) and the autograph manuscripts, protecting a number of levels of improvement, display the composer systematically exploring and evolving his musical rules. via shut research of person works, Lewis Lockwood lines the artistic technique because it emerges in Beethoven's sketches and manuscripts. 4 experiences tackle the composition of the "Eroica" symphony from numerous viewpoints. The chamber works mentioned comprise the Cello Sonata in a big, Opus sixty nine (of which the whole autograph manuscripts of the 1st circulate is released the following in facsimile), the string quartet Opus fifty nine No. 1, and the Cavatina of the later quartet Opus one hundred thirty. Lockwood's research complements our realizing of Beethoven's musical concepts and stylistic advancements in addition to the compositional procedure itself. In a last bankruptcy the writer outlines the significance of Beethoven's autographs for the trendy performer. Lewis Lockwood can also be writer of "Music in Renaissance Ferrara" which gained the Kinkeldey (music) and Marraro (history) prizes.

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Evidently having decided to convert the descending arpeggiation in octaves to a one-measure imitation, in both first and second phrases, Beethoven must have found that there was no clear way in which he could change the autograph to show precisely what he wanted to keep and what to delete. So he crossed out everything in the Pfte from mm. 38 to 45 and from mm. 175 to 182 in ink, leaving only the parallel measures 41 and 45 and 178 and 182 intact—as if to hold them temporarily open—and then turned to the red pencil for clarifying marks.

Two folios, oblong sixteen-staff format, with all four pages containing sketches in ink. Folio ir: sketches for Fifth Symphony Scherzo (mainly on single staff). Folios i v - 2 v : composition sketch for Op. 69, first movement, mainly on three-staff systems, and largely following the outline of the entire exposition of the movement. 22 A U T O G R A P H OF T H E F I R S T M O V E M E N T OF O P U S 69 2З Source Η. Copenhagen, Library of the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music (no signature). Two folios (four pages), oblong twelve-staff format, ink.

And in the light of the preponderant importance of the piano in both these works, the solutions found in Op. 69 for the problems of range, relative sonority, and matching of importance of the two instruments in the entire texture emerge as an achievement equal to that inherent in the originality and quality of its purely musical ideas. It should not be surprising in this sense to discover in the autograph that matters of range, register, and balance play a primary role throughout the complex revisions of its material, and it is not surprising either that these should dominate in a work in which the problem of establishing an adequate balance of function between these two instruments is faced for the first time by a major composer in a major work.

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