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Beethoven after NapoleonPolitical Romanticism in the Late Works$
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Stephen Rumph

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238558

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238558.001.0001

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Contrapunctus I: Prelude and Fugue

Contrapunctus I: Prelude and Fugue

(p.109) 5 Contrapunctus I: Prelude and Fugue
Beethoven after Napoleon

Stephen Rumph

University of California Press

This chapter explores the historical confrontation of the “art of fugue” according to three models from the contrapuntal past, prelude, fugue, and double fugue. It studies the first movements from the Piano Sonatas in E Major and C Minor, opp. 109 and 111; the first movements of the String Quartets in E-flat Major, A Minor, and B-flat Major, opp. 127, 132, and 130; and the finale of the String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, op. 131. These six eccentric sonata forms bear the scars of a conflict between two inimical styles, the one dynamic and dialectical, the other rooted in the more static mentality of an earlier age. The ways in which Beethoven handled these antitheses constitute his own contribution to Romantic political thought.

Keywords:   fugue, prelude, double fugue, sonata forms, Romantic political thought

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