Music: Beethoven Notebooks

The Beethoven notebooks have at last been made public in entirety by Walter Nohl of Munich. They have been the most cherished possession of the Music Department of the State Library at Berlin.

Beethoven stands classically for a certain mode of composition. He worked out his music with infinite effort and care. He began with a fairly commonplace set of notes. Then, endlessly, he rewrote the melody until it had gained marvelous originality and beauty. With equal labor he built up the harmonies and orchestrations, and carried the whole through a further...

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