In addition to the sonatas, Lederer also takes the reader through the most significant of the variations.
The greatest is the Diabelli, Beethoven's monumental takeoff on a trivial theme, but three more sets, the 32 Variations in C minor, the Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 34, and the “Eroica” Variations, Op. 35, are also of the highest quality. And the Bagatelles, Opp. 33, 119, and 126, are short but strong studies that display different aspects of Beethoven's musical personality.
Finally, Lederer discusses the five piano concertos in detail, showing the influence of the sublime models of Mozart in the first three concertos, with Beethoven boldly finding his own voice with the beloved Fourth and Fifth Concertos.
The book comes with a Naxos CD containing performances by pianist Jenö Jandó that illustrate the text.
Table Of Contents
Chapter 1. Beethoven and the Piano
Chapter 2. Some Aspects of Bethoven's Life
Chapter 3. The First, Second, and Third Concertos: Under Mozart's Influence
Chapter 4. The Fourth and Fifth Concertos
Chapter 5. The Earliest Sonatas: Opp. 2, 7, 10, and 13, the "Pathetique"
Chapter 6. Early-Middle Masterworks: Sonatas 9-15
Chapter 7. The High Middle Period: Sonatas 16-23
Chapter 8. Five Transitional Sonatas
Chapter 9. The "Hammerklavier" Sonata
Chapter 10. The Final Trilogy
Chapter 11. The Bagatelles and Other Short Pieces
Chapter 12. The Variations
Chapter 13. Beethoven the Companion
Size(mm): 304.8mm x 393.7mm
Publisher: Hal Leonard