Numerous scattered pages of Ludwig van Beethoven's compositional legacy, bought up by individual collectors after his death in 1827, have gradually found their way into institutional collections. Quite a number of these libraries, both state and private, now make their treasures digitally accessible to a worldwide public in scanned facsimiles. The Beethoven-Haus Digital Archives, the largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts on the web, has led and encouraged this effort since the beginning of the present century.1 In addition to providing access to digitized manuscripts, early prints, letters, pictures, and other documents held physically at the archive—a laudable public service that would be even greater if the images were not marred by an ownership...
Review: Beethovens Werkstatt
KRISTINA MUXFELDT is Professor of Musicology at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. She is the author of Vanishing Sensibilities: Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann (Oxford University Press, 2011). Recent publications include “Schubert's Freedom of Song, If Not Speech” in Franz Schubert and His World (Princeton University Press, 2014).
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Kristina Muxfeldt; Review: Beethovens Werkstatt. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 December 2016; 69 (3): 855–868. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2016.69.3.855
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