BEETHOVEN AL PIANO
Improvisación, investigación sonora y virtuosismo revolucionario en sus ejercicios técnicos
New revised updated Spanish edition: 2020.
BEETHOVEN AT THE PIANO
Sound research, improvisation, and virtuosity in his keyboard exercises
English version, together with Peter Russell Wix: forthcoming.
In Ludwig van Beethoven’s extraordinary artistic activity, composition, improvisation, and piano playing were inseparable facets. This is confirmed by his contemporaries and by his working notes, many of which are presented as true exercises for piano. Ignored for generations, these sketches stemming from the desire to develop an unmistakable instrumental technique constitute excellent documents to reflect on what his output and his figure represent today. This is what Luca Chiantore does in this surprising book, which even before its publication was able to create one of the most notorious cases of the last decade in the world of classical music: the doubtful paternity of the famous Für Elise. Revised and updated for this new edition, this irreplaceable text brings us closer to the life and work of Beethoven in a suggestive way, gradually revealing a composer whose first inspiration was not the metaphysical perspectives that would so fascinate posterity, but his own body, and when interpreting his works he did not hesitate to open them to the creativity of the moment.