Beethoven's Symphonies: An Artistic Vision
An exploration of the unswerving artistic vision underlying Beethoven’s symphonies, from one of the world’s leading scholars of the composer’s works.
More than any other composer, Beethoven left to posterity a vast body of material that documents the early stages of almost everything he wrote. From this trove of sketchbooks, Lewis Lockwood draws us into the composer’s mind, unveiling a creative process of astonishing scope and originality.
For musicians and nonmusicians alike, Beethoven’s symphonies stand at the summit of artistic achievement, loved today as they were two hundred years ago for their emotional cogency, variety, and unprecedented individuality. Beethoven labored to complete nine of them over his lifetime—a quarter of Mozart’s output and a tenth of Haydn’s—yet no musical works are more iconic, more indelibly stamped on the memory of anyone who has heard them. They are the products of an imagination that drove the composer to build out of the highest musical traditions of the past something startlingly new.
Lockwood brings to bear a long career of studying the surviving sources that yield insight into Beethoven’s creative work, including concept sketches for symphonies that were never finished. From these, Lockwood offers fascinating revelations into the historical and biographical circumstances in which the symphonies were composed. In this compelling story of Beethoven’s singular ambition, Lockwood introduces readers to the symphonies as individual artworks, broadly tracing their genesis against the backdrop of political upheavals, concert life, and their relationship to his major works in other genres. From the first symphonies, written during his emerging deafness, to the monumental Ninth, Lockwood brings to life Beethoven’s lifelong passion to compose works of unsurpassed beauty.
Corporate Music Method: How To Make Money With Music
This is a book for songwriters, composers and artists who write, and record their own music. The purpose of this book is to inspire and inform those who want to become a creative entrepreneur and make a great living writing music for corporate clients, tv, films, events, shows, commercials and product launches. Artists need a new business model in this digital era where Spotify and YouTube have changed the rules. Use the Corporate Music Method to become a successful creative businessman.
Chapter 1 to 4 is about the music market and how much this market has changed in the last couple of years. These chapters explain why and how the Corporate Music Method works. Chapter 5 to 9 are about the "25 Rules to Become a Successful Corporate Music Writer", with musical tips and mixing tricks, examples and everything you need to know about royalties, rights and synching. Chapter 10 and 11 feature interviews with successful entrepreneurs, so we can learn from the people who started a creative business and succeeded. In Chapter 12 to 14 we'll dive deep into important things like mindset, creative- and concept thinking and how to really achieve success as a creative businessman. This book is filled with musical examples and links to video's and music. Erwin has 15 years of expercience writing for the biggest brands in the world and he is probably the #1 product launch composer worldwide. Besides being a highly successful songwriter and composer he teaches Songwriting and Media Composing at ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands.
Positive Piano: History's Greatest Pianists On How To Succeed Wildly In Life
Why hasn’t our age produced a Beethoven?
Great musical artists of the past possessed both a powerful aesthetic vision and highly-effective methods. Most importantly, theirs was a wholistic success paradigm that valued, above all, ‘character’.
Our culture is no longer conducive to creating great masterpieces of music … frankly just one symptom of a global society derailed and struggling on many fronts. POSITIVE PIANO offers some intriguing suggestions on what we can do about that.
Readers will be fascinated by this amazing collection of wisdom from virtuoso pianists of the past. Here are their intimate thoughts on purpose, motivation, discipline, perseverance … even health and social skills, not to mention technique.
Written in a non-academic and engaging style, the book delves into complex social and psychological issues pertaining to creativity and art. Today’s inept politicians, health system failures and corporate irresponsibility are seen in a new light. It’s a new (old) take on the self-help genre and social satire. Caution: a number of sacred cows from today’s business productivity and self-help offerings will be ground into hamburger meat by a bunch of long-haired musicians … and the ‘awakening’ is occasionally a bit rude.
"When necessary – speak; and in a way that people will remember … Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance." Mozart
From Chopin, Schumann and Liszt to Freud, Jung, Montessori and F. M. Alexander - it’s 19th century wisdom for a transcendent 21st, brimming with powerful information to fuel dreams … the definitive book on the art of making music, and a unique perspective on the Art of Life!
Whether you’re in the performing arts, business, management, education, or just looking to raise the bar in your personal life - this book is for you. It will rev up your engine and cause you to shift not only gears but thought paradigms.
Classical Music For Dummies
Classical Music For Dummies is a friendly, funny,easy-to-understand guide to composers, instruments, orchestras,concerts, recordings, and more. Classical music is widelyconsidered one of the pinnacles of human achievement, and thisinformative guide will shows you just how beautiful and rewardingit can be. You'll learn how Bach is different from Beethoven, howMozart is different still, and why not all "classical" music isactually Classical if it's really Baroque or Romantic. You'll beintroduced to the composers and their work, and discover thegroundbreaking pieces that shake the world every time they'replayed. Begin building your classical music library with theessential recordings that define orchestral, choral, and operaticbeauty as you get acquainted with the orchestras and musicians thatbring the composers to life.
Whether you want to play classical music or just learn moreabout it, Classical Music For Dummies will teach youeverything you need to know to get the most out of thisincreasingly popular genre.
• Distinguish flute from piccolo, violin from viola, and trumpetfrom trombone
• Learn the difference between overtures, requiems, arias, andmasses
• Explore the composers that shaped music as we know it
• Discover the recordings your music library cannot bewithout
Classical music has begun sneaking into the mainstream —if your interest has been piqued, there's never been a better timeto develop an appreciation for this incredibly rich, complex, andvaried body of work. Classical Music For Dummies lays thegroundwork, and demonstrates just how amazing classical music canbe.
Transformations of Musical Modernism (Music since 1900)
Profound transformations in the composition, performance and reception of modernist music have taken place in recent decades. This collection brings fresh perspectives to bear upon key questions surrounding the forms that musical modernism takes today, how modern music is performed and heard, and its relationship to earlier music. In sixteen chapters, leading figures in the field and emerging scholars examine modernist music from the inside, in terms of changing practices of composition, musical materials and overarching aesthetic principles, and from the outside, in terms of the changing contextual frameworks in which musical modernism has taken place and been understood. Shaped by a 'rehearing' of modernist music, the picture that emerges redraws the map of musical modernism as a whole and presents a full-scale re-evaluation of what the modernist movement has all been about.
The Emperor of Sound: A Memoir (Audiobook)
The long-anticipated inside look at the extraordinary career of the man who brought Sexy Back, the legendary producer in the pantheon of music greats as influential and groundbreaking as Motown's Berry Gordy and a memoir of the creative process.
Hailed by The New Yorker as ''the eminence grise behind half of what is great in the Top Forty these days,'' world-renowned producer Timbaland has been a fixture on the pop charts, with more top-ten hits than Elvis or the Beatles. An artist whose fans are multi-racial and multi-generational, Timbaland works with the hottest artists, from Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott to Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Madonna, and his childhood friend, Pharrell Williams. Yet this celebrity is a uniquely private man who shuns parties, stays out of gossip columns, and rarely gives interviews. Deliberately choosing to tour by bus and conspicuously bling-free, he maintains a low-key lifestyle. If he's not at the recording studio, he is at home with his family.
In The Emperor of Sound, Timbaland offers fans an unprecedented look into his life and work, taking them backstage with 50 Cent and live on-stage with Justin Timberlake. Completely uncensored and totally honest, he reveals the magic behind the music, sharing the various creative impulses that arise while he's producing, and the layering of sounds that have created dozens of number-one hits. Cinematically written, full of revealing anecdotes and reflections from today's most popular music icons, The Emperor of Sound showcases this master's artistry and offers an extraordinary glimpse inside this great musical mind.
Writing About Music: A Style Sheet, 3rd edition
Where do you place the hyphen in "Beethoven" if it breaks between two lines? How do you cite John Coltrane's album A Love Supreme? Is it "premiere" or "premiere"? The answers and much more can be found in this definitive resource for authors, students, editors, concert producers - anyone who deals with music in print. Extending the principles devised for the classical repertoires, this revised and expanded edition now includes examples from world music, rock, jazz, popular music, and cinema.
This essential volume covers some of the thorniest issues of musical discourse: how to go about describing musical works and procedures in prose, the rules for citations in notes and bibliography, and proper preparation of such materials as musical examples, tables, and illustrations. One section discusses program notes, while others explain the requirements for submitting manuscripts and electronic files, and outline best practices for student writers. An appendix lists common problem words. Updates include greatly simplified citations of Internet locators, the recognition of multiple platforms, and the expectation of paperless transmission and storage of work. Cited as the authority by The Chicago Manual of Style, this classic handbook is the go-to source for anyone writing about music.