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Beethoven’s Dedications
Stories Behind the Tributes



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ISBN 9781138586178
December 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
376 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

The dedication of a piece of music is a feature generally overlooked, but it can reveal a great deal about the work, the composer, the society and the music world in which the composer lived.

This book explores the musical, biographical and sociological aspects of the practice of dedicating new compositions in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and makes a significant contribution towards a better understanding of the impact these tributes had on Beethoven’s life and work, and their function within the context of the musical, cultural and economic environments in which they appeared. As the first of its kind, this study demonstrates that, as a result of their different functions, published dedications and handwritten inscriptions are distinct from one another, and for that reason they have been classified in different categories. This book, therefore, challenges the idea of what exactly can be termed as a ‘dedication’, a concept which extends far beyond the dedication of musical works.

Table of Contents

 I. INTRODUCTION

1. The Purpose of the Study

2. Historical Overview of Dedications

II. BACKGROUNG, FACTS AND FIGURES ON GROUPS OF DEDICATEES

3. Types of Work, Dedicatee, and Related Issues

4. Why Dedicate?

5. Intended Dedications

6. Beethoven’s Works Dedicated by Others

7. Dedications to Beethoven

III. STORIES BEHIND THE TRIBUTES

8. Official Dedications

9. Unofficial Dedications, Handwritten Inscriptions, and Musical Gifts

IV. CONCLUSIONS

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Biography

Dr Artur Pereira is a researcher based at the University of Manchester with particular interests in the music of Beethoven and the early Romantic period.