Unlock the mastery of Beethoven! Victor Lederer, author of Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide, joins Robert Levine, series editor of Amadeus Press' Unlocking the Masters series to take you above and beyond the book to discuss how to become a lover of chamber music, Beethoven's humorous movements, and how Beethoven's experiences affected (or did not affect) his music.

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About the Book
In Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide Lederer shows how Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano overflow with high energy and spirits, showing a creative force that transcended personal struggles. The “Kreutzer” sonata, Op. 47, displays all the power of the master's middle period, while the G Major sonata, Op. 96, foreshadows Beethoven's mellower late works. The author also considers the sonatas for cello and piano, which span Beethoven's early, middle, and late periods, and examines the piano trios, including the immense “Archduke” trio. The book comes with a compact disc containing musical selections drawn from critically acclaimed performances on Naxos Records.

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Victor Lederer has written Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide as his fifth book for Amadeus Press's Unlocking the Masters series. Lederer's previous titles include studies of Beethoven's piano music and Bach's works for keyboard, as well as overviews of the music of Debussy and Chopin.

Robert Levine is an internationally known music writer whose work has appeared in dozens of publications. He is senior editor of ClassicsToday.com and a regular contributor to Stereophile, Opera Now, International Record Review, Listen, and other periodicals. He is the author of several books on classical music as well as Maria Callas: A Musical Biography

The Unlocking the Masters series now features 24 titles. The reader-friendly language and size bring the reader quickly and easily into the world of the greastest composers and their music. The accompanying CD tracks are taken from the world's greatest libraries of recorded classics. Together, they bring the music to life. 

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A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

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