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Beethoven: A Political Artist in Revolutionary Times

William Kinderman


This book explores the animating presence of the political in almost every aspect of Beethoven's life, work, and legacy. Beethoven was a civically engaged thinker confronted with severe challenges. Inspired by the ideals of the Enlightenment at Bonn and of the French Revolution, Beethoven experienced the reactionary turn of politics in Austria after 1792, disappointment with Napoleon Bonaparte, recurrent war and the repression of the Metternich era. Many new sources are assessed in this reevaluation of Beethoven as a competitor to Napoleon in the cultural sphere, a "Generalissimo" in the world ... More

Keywords: Beethoven, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Eroica, Appassionata, Ninth Symphony, Schiller, political resistance, political symbolism, sublime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226669052
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226669199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Kinderman, author
University of California, Los Angeles