A Companion to Beethoven's Pianoforte Sonatas (Bar-to-Bar by Donald Francis Tovey

By Donald Francis Tovey

Professor Sir Donald Tovey's celebrated bar-by-bar research of Beethoven's 32 Pianoforte Sonatasremains a key textual content for pianists, scholars, students and song enthusiasts. meant as a significant other to the ABRSM's whole Pianoforte Sonatas version - edited through Harold Craxton yet with every one paintings prefaced via Tovey's functional and significant notes - the e-book incorporates a succinct and illuminating precis of the author's analytical technique ahead of each one sonata is handled intimately. This new imprint is prefaced with an creation by means of Dr Barry Cooper, Lecturer within the song division of Manchester collage. Tovey's textual content is reproduced faithfully; besides the fact that, Dr Cooper has extra footnotes to right mistakes of truth or to qualify conclusions drawn by means of Tovey that the passage of time, because the booklet was once first released in 1931, has recommended will be questionable. With the re-issue of this ebook, Tovey's famed perception, common sense and wit will proceed to enlighten and entertain the author's devotees, in addition to a brand new generations.

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