Title

The Spirit of the Individual: A Portrait of Beethoven

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

1993

Advisor

Ed Turley

Abstract

To perform music successfully, it is important to consider the "soul" of a piece, and to consider analytical aspects as well as biographical, historical, and musical content. The concept of the "spirit of the individual," a theme of the Enlightenment, was an important influence on Beethoven's music; by exploring the inspiration that motivated Beethoven and discovering how he translated and interpreted the spirit of the individual in his compositions, one can better understand the music and communicate its message. The thesis includes a detailed analysis of the Sonata in E major, Opus 109, which was then performed.

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