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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Cambridge Music Handbooks) Paperback – 24 Jun 1993

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (24 Jun 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521399246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521399241
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A key problem with the Ninth, Cook notes, is that we've heard it so often that we no longer truly hear it. This book is an antidote; by examining the difficulties the work has caused auditors right from its premiere, Cook undermines our facile familiarity." Bernard D. Sherman, Fanfare

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Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is acknowledged as one of the masterpieces of the Western tradition, yet early critics rejected it as cryptic and eccentric, the product of a deaf and ageing composer. Nicholas Cook charts this dramatic transformation.

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One of the best known facts about Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, if it is a fact, is that the work was many years in the making. Read the first page
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Ward on 30 Dec 2000
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This is a very fine music handbook indeed. Though there is some analysis that benefits from reading the score, the vast majority of the text is easily understood by the layman. By discussing other people's views of the 9th symphony from its first performance to today, throughout the world including China & Japan, it provokes the reader to thought about this symphony that cannot fail to enrich their listening and their appreciation of the extraordinary place it has gained in world culture. His final assertion that 'every interpretation of it is contradicted by the work itself' becomes not an admission of defeat but the entrance to a far more complex and rewarding view of the work than is often presented. I came away from the book wreathed in joyful smiles because it made me want to hear again a work that I had always thought was not only flawed but had also become much too hackneyed, and because the book had provided so much stimulation to intriguing thought about this work and, consequently, all of Beethoven's music.
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Fast, fast , fast 3 Aug 2013
By jay arrANGER - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank you for such fast service. A very erudite account of Beethoven's journey via sketches on his way to a most important work.
Loving it so far. Would order again from you folks.
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Cambridge Music Handbooks are awesome 18 April 2011
By Joe Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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Superb series of explorations on this great work. Took me a week to get through the whole thing, but it added immeasurably to my enjoyment of the symphony.
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