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By Tilman Skowroneck

The generally held trust that Beethoven used to be a coarse pianist, impatient together with his tools, isn't altogether actual: it's stimulated by means of anecdotes courting from whilst deafness had began to impair his enjoying. providing a brand new, particular biography of Beethoven's youth, this booklet experiences the composer's early profession, outlining how he used to be motivated through academics, theorists and tools. Skowroneck describes the advance and decline of Beethoven's pianism, and can pay specified consciousness to early pianos, their development and their significance for Beethoven and the trendy pianist. The e-book additionally contains new discussions of legato and Beethoven's trills, and a whole annotated overview of eyewitnesses' stories approximately his taking part in. Skowroneck provides a revised photograph of Beethoven which lines his improvement from an impetuous younger musician right into a virtuoso in charge of many musical assets.

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63 In 1801, Lisette Bernhard, a young pianist who knew Beethoven from Vienna, met Tobias Pfeiffer in Düsseldorf. In a letter she writes: “[Pfeiffer] claims that he was Beethoven’s master in Bonn. He is said to be a skilful Clavier player and to play the oboe very agreeably. ”64 Although Pfeiffer taught Beethoven for only one year, he figures prominently in all the reminiscences. The two reasons for this fact are spelled out in Bernhard’s letter: He was a good musician, and his peculiar manners gave people ample reason to remember him as a person.

The fact that Neefe himself provided the only passages which describe him as Beethoven’s teacher and mentor should not be seen as problematic. His sincerity and modesty speak clearly from all his writings and actions. ”15 To meet these standards it would have been out of the question to modify the facts for his own sake, while it would, on the other hand, have been careless not to state his role in Beethoven’s education (since this was a matter of his honor). As discussed earlier, during the winter of 1779–80, Beethoven probably had lessons with Pfeiffer and van den Eeden.

English original from Komlós, Fortepianos and their Music, 134–5. Daniel Gottlob Türk, Klavierschule 1789, ed. Erwin R. Jacobi, Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1967, 11. , Familie Beethoven im kurfürstlichen Bonn, 42, orig. 18. See also 65, orig. 35. Beethoven’s early training 31 Regarding Beethoven’s Clavier, we get an unexpected snippet of information from Carl Czerny. ”88 This description may not tell us when all this happened, but it suggests that Beethoven practiced in his own room and this does give an indication of his practice instrument.

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