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Artaria 195

Beethoven's Sketchbook for the Missa solemnis and the Piano Sonata in E Major, Opus 109 (3 vols.)

A primary source for Beethoven scholarship revealing the creative processes of one of the greatest masters of musical art, this three-volume set makes available in print for the first time Artaria 195, the large-format sketchbook and central document for Beethoven's compositional activity during 1820.

Artaria 195 includes sketches for two of Beethoven's masterpieces: the Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 109, and the Missa solemnis, Op. 123. It also preserves Beethoven's work on the Bagatelles Op. 119, Nos. 7-11, and other unknown brief piano pieces.

Beethoven's sketchbooks were his workshop. Capturing the methods he used to craft his ideas into art, they reveal his complex creativity and offer rich material for examining his revision process. Variations in his entries reflect the range of his musical moods and offer clues about the circumstances of composition. His notes and shorthand can illuminate the ways he expanded and refined ideas, clarify biographical or musical mysteries, or call attention to deliberate links between compositions.

This edition includes a full-scale color facsimile of this major sketchbook, which will allow scholars to distinguish between shades of ink and pencil markings and discern layers of notations for Beethoven's works in progress. Beethoven's handwriting is fascinating, but also puzzling and idiosyncratic. William Kinderman has fully deciphered and annotated the sketchbook in the transcription volume. His analyses and discoveries are revealed in the separate book-length commentary, which serves as a guide for users as they compare the sketchbook with the transcriptions. Kinderman explores all other sources used by Beethoven while Artaria 195 was in use, and provides detailed inspection of the evolution and style of this remarkable music. New light is shed on the genesis of his last three piano sonatas, and revealing perspectives emerge on the psychology of his creative process.

"Kinderman's passionate articulation of [this monumental project's] goals, his imaginative and bold invitation to a new generation of scholars on its behalf, and finally the deed itself, the actuality of this formidable first issue, represent our current best hope for its eventual realization."--Richard Kramer, Beethoven Forum

William Kinderman is a professor of music at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His publications include Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Beethoven, and other works.

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