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Introduction to the Course Guide
Books of Interest
Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music
19th-Century Music Reviews
The Critical Reception of Beethoven's Compositions by His German Contemporaries
Includes English translations of reviews, reports, notes and essays from German-language periodicals published between 1783 and 1830.
The Attentive Listener: Three Centuries of Music Criticism
Part 2 (pages 73-206) includes 34 short primary source writings that address various issues of the state of music in the 19th century, including the cult of personality, program music, and cultural nationalism.
The Music Monster: A Biography of James William Davison, Music Critic of The Times of London, 1846-78
Davison was not known for pulling any punches in his assessments of new music; he once described Liszt's music as "hateful fungi." This biography of his life includes numerous excerpts of his writings about Beethoven, Berlioz, Bizet, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, and others. As an example, this excerpt (from page 38) offers some insight into the conducting technique of Richard Wagner: "This short, spare man, capacious of forehead, has the oddest way with the baton....Wagner's reading of Mendelssohn's music may be signalised in a sentence -- Get to the end as quickly as possible."
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Websites of Interest
The Unheard Beethoven
Contains over 200 MIDI reproductions of Beethoven scores that have not previously been recorded or are unavailable on record or CD.
The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
Housed at the San José State University, the Center is home to the largest collection of Beethoven materials outside of Europe. It also publishes The Beethoven Journal, serves as headquarters for the American Beethoven Society, and maintains the both the Beethoven Gateway (a free online resource guide) and the Beethoven Auction Database (a listing and descriptions of manuscripts, first editions, etc. sold at auction from 1985 to the present).
View digital reproductions of score autographs, letters, and other documents by Franz Schubert. Other Schubert links (Schubert Society of the USA, The Schubert Institute in the UK, etc.) are available under "About Schubert" on this website.