Tag Archives: Beethoven

Beethoven And His Nine Symphonies

Sir George Grove (1820–1900) says, in his preface to Beethoven and His Nine Symphonies, that the work ‘is addressed to the amateurs of this country’. Well, you don’t get much more amateur in music than me, so I thought I … Continue reading

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More Than One Genius In The Family

We have recently reissued ‘classic’ biographies of some of the great figures in classical music. The German philologist and archaeologist Otto Jahn (1813–69), whose edition of Sophocles’ Electra we have also published, was inspired to write a scholarly biography of … Continue reading

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Spohr’s Autobiography

Another life story, set in almost the same period as that of the marquise de la Rochejaquelein, but as different as it’s possible to imagine.  Spohr was performing and composing in the German states throughout the period of the Napoleonic … Continue reading

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