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Reviews New Life for a Master Musician WILLIAM DRABKIN Barry Cooper. Beethoven. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. xvi, 410pp. Barry Cooper's new book is the latest incarnation of Beethoven in the distinguished Master Musicians series, inaugurated by the London publisher J. M. Dent and recently taken over by Oxford University Press. The original biography, by Marion Scott, appeared in 1934 and enjoyed a long reign, even if it did not win the acclaim of other titles in the series (such as Arthur Hedley's Chopin and Jack Westrup's Purcell). As recently as 1974, in the middle of the jubilee decade celebrating the anniversaries of Beethoven's birth and death years, it was deemed worthy of revival; Westrup, then the Master Musicians' general editor, lightly revised the text and brought the bibliography up to date. Its replacement, written by Denis Matthews and published ten years later, did not fare nearly so well. It is a sensitive book by a leading British interpreter of Beethoven's piano music; but it did not catch the spirit of current scholarship and criticism spearheaded by Maynard Solomon, whose biography ( rst edition 1977) was fashioned from a sequence of articles at the cutting edge of Beethoven research, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png 19th-Century Music University of California Press

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19th-Century Music , Volume 26 (1) – Jul 1, 2002

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University of California Press
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Copyright © by the University of California Press
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Research Article
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0148-2076
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1533-8606
DOI
10.1525/ncm.2002.26.1.94
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New Life for a Master Musician WILLIAM DRABKIN Barry Cooper. Beethoven. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. xvi, 410pp. Barry Cooper's new book is the latest incarnation of Beethoven in the distinguished Master Musicians series, inaugurated by the London publisher J. M. Dent and recently taken over by Oxford University Press. The original biography, by Marion Scott, appeared in 1934 and enjoyed a long reign, even if it did not win the acclaim of other titles in the series (such as Arthur Hedley's Chopin and Jack Westrup's Purcell). As recently as 1974, in the middle of the jubilee decade celebrating the anniversaries of Beethoven's birth and death years, it was deemed worthy of revival; Westrup, then the Master Musicians' general editor, lightly revised the text and brought the bibliography up to date. Its replacement, written by Denis Matthews and published ten years later, did not fare nearly so well. It is a sensitive book by a leading British interpreter of Beethoven's piano music; but it did not catch the spirit of current scholarship and criticism spearheaded by Maynard Solomon, whose biography ( rst edition 1977) was fashioned from a sequence of articles at the cutting edge of Beethoven research,

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19th-Century MusicUniversity of California Press

Published: Jul 1, 2002

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