Beethoven’s String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 130
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24th October 2019

224 Pages

15.60 x 23.40 cm

10 b/w. Illustrations

Series: The Hans Keller Archive

Imprint: Plumbago Books

Beethoven's String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 130

Four Lectures

by Hans Keller, Christopher Wintle and et al

Edited by Christopher Wintle

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The first publication of Hans Keller's celebrated broadcast lectures on Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 130, along with related materials and a volume of musical scores.
In 1973, at the invitation of Alexander Goehr, then Professor of Music at Leeds University, Hans Keller gave four lectures on Beethoven's String Quartet in B flat Major, Op. 130, illustrated by the Aeolian Quartet. They were in part a response to Joseph Kerman's newly published monograph on The Beethoven Quartets, and in part a demonstration of his "two-dimensional theory" of music, which posits a vital tension between "well-defined expectations" and '"what the composer does instead". These lectures have now been transcribed, and appear in print here for the first time: they form Keller's most substantial examination of a single chamber work. Keller had intended a full-length monograph on the quartet, but never got further than three chapters, of which the second, on "String-quartet Playing", is included here along with related materials (the other chapters largely replicate the lectures). The book comes with a supplementary volume of music examples, including the entire score of Op. 130, and is illustrated with lively string-quartet drawings by Keller's wife, Milein Cosman.
Introduction
Part One: Four Lectures on Beethoven's Op. 130
First Lecture (movements 1 and 2)
Second Lecture (movements 2, 3 and 4)
Third Lecture (movements 5 and 6)
Fourth Lecture (analytical conclusions)
Part Two: The Op. 130 Book Project
Introduction
String-quartet Playing ('Chapter II')
Part Three: The Op. 130 Programme Notes
For the EBU
Other Programme Notes: an Editorial Report
Supplementary Scores (Separate Volume)
"Hans Keller (1919-85) was one of the most influential musical thinkers of his time...reading these profusely illustrated lectures alongside a recording is guaranteed to change not only the way you listen to Op.130, but to music in general. Five Stars." BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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Title Details

24th October 2019

224 Pages

1.56 x 2.34 cm

10 b/w. Illustrations

Series: The Hans Keller Archive

Imprint: Plumbago Books