The Beethoven Quartets by Joseph Kerman

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The musically less literate reader could skip the analytical passages and still find the book profitable. In addition, as scholarship, it is undoubtedly definitive.
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A critical study of the structure, style, and significance of the sixteen string quartets.

Beethoven's quartets show a technical mastery, depth of thought, and intensity of musical inspiration unsurpassed by any other composer. This brilliant survey, by one of America's leading musical scholars, has already achieved classic status.
 

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Joseph Kerman (born 1924) is a writer on music and a musicologist. He is a professor emeritus at University of California, Berkeley. His many works include The Elizabethan Madrigal (1962), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), The Kafka Sketchbook (1970), The Masses and Motets of William Byrd (1980), The New Grove Beethoven (1983, with Alan Tyson), Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology (1985), Opera as Drama (1988), Write All These Down (1994), Opera and the Morbidity of Music (2008), and many more.
 
Published June 1, 1967 by Knopf. 410 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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The musically less literate reader could skip the analytical passages and still find the book profitable. In addition, as scholarship, it is undoubtedly definitive.

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