Use: Important for anyone interested in a study on Beethoven’s works, history of the time period, his contemporaries and their works, and musical styles and genres of the day.
Coverage: Discussion of Beethoven’s life and works and the life and works of his contemporaries from a historical point of view--as they relate to the political, social and other aspects of the day.
Organization: Each chapter is by a different author on a different historical subject as follows: general music conditions, French opera, Beethoven’s orchestral works, The orchestral music of Beethoven’s contemproaries, the concerto, Beethoven’s chamber music, the chamber music of Beethoven’s contemporaries, piano music, Italian opera, German opera, opera in other countries, solo song, and choral music.
Pros: Valuable index, very important reference book on Beethoven as he relates to his contemporaries and surroundings. Extensive span of subjects under each chapter heading.