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Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Here is a list of the best Beethoven books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Complete Piano Sonatas (2015)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf(Piano Collection). All 32 sonatas from volumes one and two (edited by Von Bulow/Lebert) have been combined into one, giagntic comb-bound volume. 696 pages. #43,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2 in Piano Sonatas #5 in Beethoven #3 in Classical (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Hans von Bulow, Sigmund Lebert, et al.

2. Ludwig Van Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 1 (Nos. 1-15) (1975)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe entire corpus of Beethoven’s piano sonatas is contained in this two-volume work — 32 sonatas in all. Volume One contains the fifteen sonatas from Beethoven’s first period, including the popular Pathétique, Moonlight, and Pastorale sonatas. Volume Two contains the 17 sonatas from Beethoven’s second and third periods, including the Waldstein, the Appassionata, and the Hammerklavier.The music is reproduced directly from the exemplary Universal Edition set edited by Heinrich Schenker. Combining scrupulous scholarship and profound artistic…
Author(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Classical Piano Sheet Music

3. Beethoven: The Music and the Life (2005)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAn authoritative work offering a fresh look at Beethoven’s life, career, and milieu. “Magisterial” ―New York Review of Books. This brilliant portrayal weaves Beethoven’s musical and biographical stories into their historical and artistic contexts. Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent personal, historical, political, and cultural frameworks in which Beethoven worked and examines their effects on his music. “The result is that rarest of achievements, a profoundly humane work of scholarship that will―or at least should―appeal to specialists and generalists in equal measure” (Terry Teachout,…
Author(s): Lewis Lockwood

4. Beethoven’s Symphonies: An Artistic Vision (2017)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“[Beethoven’s] music never grows old― and, enjoyed alongside Mr. Lockwood’s expert commentary, it sparkles with fresh magic.”―Wall Street JournalMore than any other composer, Beethoven left to posterity a vast body of material that documents the early stages of almost everything he wrote. From this trove of sketchbooks, Lewis Lockwood draws us into the composer’s mind, unveiling a creative process of astonishing scope and originality.For musicians and nonmusicians alike, Beethoven’s symphonies stand at the summit of artistic achievement, loved…
Author(s): Lewis Lockwood

5. Two Easy Piano Sonatas G Minor Op 49 Number 1 And 2 (Beethoven) (2006)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your BookshelfContains the following pieces: Piano Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1 ; Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2 Publisher ID: HN56 Instrumentation: Piano Urtext / Critical Edition #501,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Beethoven

6. Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Full Score (Dover Music Scores) (1989)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBeethoven’s symphonies are among this greatest works — in the opinion of many, the greatest orchestral compositions in the history of music. Perfect in their fusion of emotion and form, filled with drama and great beauty, they are among the best-known and best-loved works in all classical music. This volume contains complete scores for Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21; Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36; Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”), Op. 55; Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60.Meticulously reproduced from the authoritative…
Author(s): Ludwig van Beethoven

7. Ludwig van Beethoven Complete String Quartets (1970)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis single volume contains all the string quartets of Beethoven: the six quartets of Opus 18; the three quartets of Opus 59; Opera 74 and 95; and the late quartets, Opera 127, 130, 131, 132, and 135. The volume concludes with the Grosse Fuge, Opus 133.The music is photographically reprinted from the Breitkopf & Härtel printed score, still considered the standard, authoritative edition for the Beethoven quartets. Noteheads in this edition have been reproduced in a size large enough to be read easily from a music stand or the keyboard, and margins and spaces between staves are conveniently wide…
Author(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Music Scores

8. Ludwig Van Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 2 (Nos. 16-32) (1975)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe entire corpus of Beethoven’s piano sonatas is contained in this two-volume work — 32 sonatas in all. Volume One contains the fifteen sonatas from Beethoven’s first period, including the popular Pathétique, Moonlight, and Pastorale sonatas. Volume Two contains the seventeen sonatas from Beethoven’s second and third periods, including the Waldstein, the Appassionata, and the Hammerklavier.The music is reproduced directly from the exemplary Universal-Edition set edited by Heinrich Schenker. Combining scrupulous scholarship and profound artistic vision,…
Author(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Classical Piano Sheet Music

9. Beethoven – Favorite Piano Works: Schirmer Library of Classics Volume 2071 (Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics) (2010)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf(Piano Collection). This affordable and convenient collection features sonatas, variations, sonatinas, bagatelles, and more from one of the most revered composers of all time. Contents: Sonata in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1 * Sonata in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 * Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 * Sonata in C minor “Pathetique,” Op. 13 * Sonata in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1 * Sonata in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2 * Sonata in C-sharp minor “Moonlight,” Op. 27, No. 2 * Sonata in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1 * Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2 * Sonata in G Major, Op. 79 * Six Variations on a Swiss Song * Six Variations on the…
Author(s): Ludwig van Beethoven

10. Beethoven’s Letters (Dover Books on Music) (1972)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your BookshelfLudwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), the protagonist of freedom for music, disentangled music from the control of the ruling class. In publishing his music and writing for the rising classes, Beethoven claimed freedom and expressed the emotions of the new rulers, the artists. The Eroica, Fidelio, and the piano works express the emotions of the new rulers — the intense love, the need for companionship of people, the forces that conspired to defeat the artist, and the strength and superiority of the artist in overcoming the weaknesses. The letters of Beethoven are the principal nonmusical expression of his personality in its…
Author(s): Ludwig van Beethoven

11. Beethoven: Piano Sonatas – Volume II (2006)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBeethoven's 32 piano sonatas are often referred to as the “New Testament of Music”. Since the publication of Henle's complete edition in two volumes, experts have praised it as being the most reliable Urtext edition. Its contents: an almost inexhaustible wealth of pianistic, musical flights of inspiration, predominantly high profile works – the Sonatas “Pathétique”, “Moonlight”, “Storm”, “Appassionata”, “Waldstein”, “Hammerklavier”.Contains the following pieces: Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1 ; Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor (“Tempest”), Op. 31, No. 2 ; Piano Sonata No….
Author(s): Beethoven

12. Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2: Beethoven (2006)

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your BookshelfPiano Sonatas Volume II By Beethoven / Wallner. Piano Solo Series: Henle Music Folios Publisher: Henle Urtext Edition Format: Softcover Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven #99,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #11395 in Humor & Entertainment (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Ludwig van Beethoven

Best Beethoven Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some beethoven books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary

Author(s): John Clubbe
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Year: 9 July 2019, Size: 24 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2387970

Musical improvisation and open form in the age of Beethoven

Author(s): Borio, Gianmario; Carone, Angela
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2258478

Hearing Beethoven: A Story of Musical Loss and Discovery

Author(s): Robin Wallace
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2323097

Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas : a handbook for performers

Author(s): Gordon, Stewart
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2070437

The Creation of Beethoven’s 35 Piano Sonatas

Author(s): Barry Cooper
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2119305

Beethoven’s Symphonies: Nine Approaches to Art and Ideas

Author(s): Martin Geck
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2168796

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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