Reference Books For Specific Topics: Beethoven

[anti-rclick]November 29, 2011

For those who are interested in attaining more in-depth knowledge (history, composer, performance (practice), genre) about Beethoven and his piano works, I suggest you read the following to start with:

Beethoven: the first biography, 1827 (“Beethoven: Eine Biographe”)

– by Johann Aloys Schlosser, Barry A. R. Cooper

Beethoven’s letters

– by Ludwig van Beethoven, Alfred Christlieb Kalischer (Dover Edition, 1972)

Beethoven: The Last Decade, 1817-1827

– by Martin Cooper (London: Oxford University Press, 1985)

includes analysis of piano works

A Companion to Beethoven’s Pianoforte Sonatas

– by Donald Francis Tovey, Barry Cooper (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, 1998)

Beethoven: the music and the life

– by Lewis Lockwood (W W Norton & Co Inc, 2005)


– by Barry Cooper (Oxford University Press, 2000)

Beethoven, the Man and the Artist as Revealed in His Own Words

– by Ludwig van Beethoven, Friedrich Kerst, Henry Edward Krehbiel (Dover edition, 1964)

Beethoven’s piano sonatas: a short companion, Volume 1

– by Charles Rosen (Yale University Press, 2002)

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Volume 3: Issues 16-24

– by Ludwig van Beethoven, Stewart Gordon (Alfred Music Publishing, 2008)

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol 2: Issues 9-15

– by Ludwig van Beethoven, Stewart Gordon (Alfred Music Publishing, 2005)

Sonata Forms

– by Charles Rosen (Norton, 1988)

The Classical style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

– by Charles Rosen (WW NORTON, 2009)

Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven

– by William E. Caplin (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Harvard dictionary of music

– by Willi Apel (Harvard University Press, 1969)

Link for “Sonata Form” (incomplete): p.791-796

The Harvard dictionary of music (2003) – Don Michael Randel

Link for “Sonata Form” (incomplete): p.799-802

It’s not necessary that you read the whole book(s). Often you can find the chapters relevant to the specific pieces you are working on / specific information that you are looking for.

Teresa Wong

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