Ludwig Van Beethoven
An Annotated Bibliography
"All These Notes Don't Pay My Needs!!" Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Beethoven-Haus Bonn, n.d.
Web. 15 Oct. 2010.
This article is named from a quote taken directly from Beethoven. It details the
composer’s financial situation throughout his life. Included are the events that had an
impact on Beethoven’s finances, the value of money, cost of living, and inflation.
Beethoven-Haus Bonn is a museum located in the birth house of Beethoven. Information
is based on documents onsite. Ardley, Neil. Music, an Illustrated Encyclopedia. New York, NY: Facts on File, 1986. Print. Gives all the pertinent details for a novice in classical music. Distinguishes the differences in types of music written by a composer. Lists the most popular works by Beethoven according to the kind of piece that was composed. While this source was not solely on Beethoven it pertained to my research in helping me gain a better understanding when reading about his works. The author was a composer and teacher. His goal was to give a basic education and knowledge about different genres of music, but his area of expertise was classical music. Barron, James. "Beethoven May Not Have Died of Lead Poisoning, After All." New York Times.
29 May 2010. EBSCO. Web. 15 Oct. 2010.
Article that discusses recent findings on the lead levels in Beethoven’s skull fragments.
The testing found that the lead levels were not at all above normal. Also noteworthy
is that the two fragments tested had a wide difference with the smaller of the two having
a larger amount of lead. The doctor could not give a reason for the difference. The
New York Times is a trusted news source. The article confirmed the mystery surrounding
the cause of Beethoven’s death remains unsolved. Schwaegermann, Ingrid. "Beethoven and Other Composers, Artists and Thinkers." Ludwig van
Beethoven the Magnificent Master. Raptus Association for Music Appreciation, n.d. Web.
15 Oct. 2010.
This section of the site explores the connections and similarities of Beethoven to other
great composers, thinkers, and artists. The list includes Handel, Bach, Schubert, Wagner,
and most interesting of all, Friedrich Nietzsche. Lesser known information about
Nietzsche composing music and self study of Beethoven’s teacher Johann Georg
Albrechtsberger is also looked at. The Raptus Association website is written and
maintained by Ingrid Schwaegermann, a biographical musical writer. Her site is
recommended by many and considered an authoritative source for information on
Beethoven. Areas of his life that do not have much documentation or can only be
speculated on are clearly labeled. Brainard, Rick. “18th Century Composers.” History 1700‘s. n.p, n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2010
This source gives basic overview information pertaining to all areas of the 18th century
including major composers of the time, such as Ludwig Van Beethoven. Included were
the basic details of Beethoven’s life and the influence he had on the Classical Era. The
site gave context to the time that Beethoven lived in. The site also provides links to
other in-depth sources. The editor of the website is a previous member of the
American Historical Association and his particular area of interest is the eighteenth
century. Mr. Brainard also served as the About.com guide to Eighteenth Century History. Chua, D.. “Beethoven’s Other Humanism.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 62.3
(2009): 571-646. Research Library, ProQuest. Web. 16 Oct. 2010.
This article examines the merit of Beethoven’s identity as a “Promethean Hero”.
Comparing him to the Titan god that tricked the other gods numerous times to better
mankind, whom he was responsible for molding. The idea is that Beethoven used his
music to free people of the time from church influence and further Enlightenment
thinking. This article was peer reviewed. The American Musicological Society reviews
articles submitted to ensure scholarly...
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