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Beethoven after Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works

Stephen Rumph


This book is an analysis of Beethoven's late style, demonstrating how deeply political events shaped the composer's music, from his early enthusiasm for the French Revolution to his later entrenchment during the Napoleonic era. It challenges accepted views by illustrating the influence of German Romantic political thought in the formation of the artist's mature style. The author argues that Beethoven's political views were not quite as liberal as many have assumed. While scholars agree that the works of the Napoleonic era such as the Eroica Symphony or Fidelio embody enlightened, revolutionary ... More

Keywords: French Revolution, Eroica Symphony, Fidelio, revolutionary ideals, Napoleonic Wars, Romantic contemporaries, conservative ideals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520238558
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Rumph, author