The string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven, the signal achievement of "that noble genre," have rewarded the engagement of scholars, performers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. This book and its accompanying recording invite you to experience three of these profound and beautiful works of music from the inside, with a leading Beethoven scholar and a premier performing ensemble as your guides. Lewis Lockwood provides historical and biographical background along with musical analysis, drawing on the most important insights of recent scholarship on Beethoven's life and works.The members of the Juilliard Quartet share the fruits of decades of performing and teaching these compositions through annotated scores and recordings of the first movements of three representative quartets, including the rarely heard original version of opus 18 no. 1. And all parties join in lively and illuminating conversations that range from details of bowing and articulation to Beethoven's development as a composer to the social history of the nineteenth century.
"Inside Beethoven's Quartets" illustrates how scholarly knowledge can inform a performance, as well as how performers' interpretive choices can illuminate this sublime music.
Lewis Lockwood is Fanny Peabody Research Professor of Music, Harvard University. Joel Smirnoff, Ronald Copes, Samuel Rhodes, and Joel Krosnick, members of the internationally renowned Juilliard String Quartet, are on the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York City.
* Preface * Note on the Scores Opus 18 no. 1 * The Opus 18 Quartets * The First Movement * Conversation * Annotated Score Opus 59 no. 1 * The "Razumovsky" Quartets * The First Movement * Conversation * Annotated Score Opus 130 * The Late Quartets * The First Movement * Conversation * Annotated Score * Appendix: Opus 18 no. 1 (Amenda Version) * Notes * Acknowledgments * Index Audio CD * Op. 18 no. 1, mvt. 1 (final version) * Op. 18 no. 1, mvt. 1 (Amenda version) * Op. 59 no. 1, mvt. 1 * Op. 130, mvt. 1