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By Stephen Rumph

during this provocative research of Beethoven's overdue variety, Stephen Rumph demonstrates how deeply political occasions formed the composer's song, from his early enthusiasm for the French Revolution to his later entrenchment in the course of the Napoleonic period. notable in its breadth of analysis in addition to for its devotion to interdisciplinary paintings in track heritage, Beethoven after Napoleon challenges authorised perspectives via illustrating the impact of German Romantic political suggestion within the formation of the artist's mature kind. Beethoven's political opinions, Rumph argues, weren't really as liberal as many have assumed. whereas students agree that the works of the Napoleonic period comparable to the Eroica Symphony or Fidelio embody enlightened, innovative beliefs of development, freedom, and humanism, Beethoven's later works have attracted much less political observation. Rumph contends that the later works convey transparent affinities with a local German ideology that exalted background, faith, and the natural totality of kingdom and society. He claims that because the Napoleonic Wars plunged Europe into political and monetary turmoil, Beethoven's transforming into antipathy to the French reflected the adventure of his Romantic contemporaries. Rumph continues that Beethoven's flip inward isn't any pessimistic retreat yet a good confirmation of recent conservative ideals.

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