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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 tune fanatics. meant as a spouse to the ABRSM's entire Pianoforte Sonatas variation - edited by way of Harold Craxton yet with each one paintings prefaced by way of Tovey's functional and important notes - the ebook includes a succinct and illuminating precis of the author's analytical technique ahead of every one sonata is handled intimately. This new imprint is prefaced with an advent by way of Dr Barry Cooper, Lecturer within the tune division of Manchester collage. Tovey's textual content is reproduced faithfully; besides the fact that, Dr Cooper has extra footnotes to right error of truth or to qualify conclusions drawn by means of Tovey that the passage of time, because the e-book used to be first released in 1931, has prompt 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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