The Resource Beethoven's Ninth : a political history, Esteban Buch ; translated by Richard Miller

Beethoven's Ninth : a political history, Esteban Buch ; translated by Richard Miller

Label
Beethoven's Ninth : a political history
Title
Beethoven's Ninth
Title remainder
a political history
Statement of responsibility
Esteban Buch ; translated by Richard Miller
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"Who hasn't been stirred by the strains of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony? That's a good question, claims Esteban Buch. German nationalists and French republicans, communists and Catholics have all, in the course of history, embraced the piece. It was performed under the direction of Leonard Bernstein at a concert to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall, yet it also serves as a ghastly and ironic leitmotif in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. Hitler celebrated his birthdays with it, and the government of Rhodesia made it their anthem. And played in German concentration camps by the imprisoned, it also figured prominently at Mitterand's 1981 investiture." "In his history of one of the most popular symphonic works of the modern period, Buch traces such complex and contradictory uses - and abuses - of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony since its premier in 1824. Buch shows that Beethoven consciously drew on the tradition of European political music, with its mix of sacred and profane, military and religious themes, when he composed his symphony. But while Beethoven obviously had his own political aspirations for the piece - he wanted it to make a statement about ideal power - he could not have had any idea of the antithetical political uses, nationalist and universalist, to which the Ninth Symphony has been put since its creation. Buch shows us how the symphony has been "deployed" throughout nearly two centuries, and in the course of this exploration offers what was described by one French reviewer as "a fundamental examination of the moral value of art." Sensitive and fascinating, this account of the tangled political existence of a symphony is a rare book that shows the life of an artwork through time, shifted and realigned with the currents of history."--Jacket
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Buch, Esteban
Index
index present
Language note
Translation of: La neuvième de Beethoven
LC call number
ML410.B42
LC item number
B8213 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van((1770-1827).)
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Music
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Music
  • Musique et politique
  • Hymnes nationaux
  • Rezeption
Label
Beethoven's Ninth : a political history, Esteban Buch ; translated by Richard Miller
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translation of: La neuvième de Beethoven
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The states of joy -- The birth of modern political music. God save the King and the Handel cult ; La Marseillaise and the "Supreme Being" ; The Ode to joy and the Emperor's anthem ; Beethoven and the Concert of Europe ; The Ninth symphony -- Political reception of the Ode to joy ; The romantic cult ; The 1845 ceremony at Bonn ; The Ninth in the era of nationalist movements ; The 1927 centenary ; Beethoven as Führer ; From year zero to the European anthem ; From apartheid's anthem to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall -- Conclusion : Criticism and future of a dream
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780226078243
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
2002014831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)50604853
  • (OCoLC)ocm50604853
Label
Beethoven's Ninth : a political history, Esteban Buch ; translated by Richard Miller
Publication
Note
Translation of: La neuvième de Beethoven
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The states of joy -- The birth of modern political music. God save the King and the Handel cult ; La Marseillaise and the "Supreme Being" ; The Ode to joy and the Emperor's anthem ; Beethoven and the Concert of Europe ; The Ninth symphony -- Political reception of the Ode to joy ; The romantic cult ; The 1845 ceremony at Bonn ; The Ninth in the era of nationalist movements ; The 1927 centenary ; Beethoven as Führer ; From year zero to the European anthem ; From apartheid's anthem to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall -- Conclusion : Criticism and future of a dream
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780226078243
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
2002014831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)50604853
  • (OCoLC)ocm50604853

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