Lewis Lockwood is an Emeritus Professor of Music at ­Harvard and Co-Director of the Boston University Center for Beethoven Research. His new book, Beethoven’s Lives, will be published in September.
 (March 2020)


Beethoven’s Empire of the Mind

Beethoven; illustration by Joanna Neborsky

Beethoven’s Conversation Books, Volume 1: Nos. 1 to 8 (February 1818 to March 1820)

translated from the German and edited by Theodore Albrecht

Beethoven’s Conversation Books, Volume 2: Nos. 9 to 16 (March 1820 to September 1820)

translated from the German and edited by Theodore Albrecht
“Live only in your art, for you are so limited in your senses. This is nevertheless the only existence for you.” When Beethoven wrote this diary entry in 1816, he had been growing increasingly deaf for about eighteen years. This means that roughly from the time of his early string …

‘There Is Only One Beethoven’

‘Head of Beethoven’; lithograph by Johannes Hendricus Fekkes, 1918; from The Art of Music, the catalog of a recent exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art, published by Yale University Press

Beethoven for a Later Age: Living with the String Quartets

by Edward Dusinberre
Books written by or about performers of classical music tend to fall into predictable categories. One consists of biographies or autobiographies entirely centered on the individual’s career development—the early beginnings, the emerging talent, the teachers, the obstacles that had to be overcome, at last the rise to prominence. A second …

Which Is the Real Mendelssohn?

Mendelssohn: A Life in Music

by R. Larry Todd

A Portrait of Mendelssohn

by Clive Brown
In his preface to the English translation of Jirí Weil’s novel about Czechoslovakia under the Nazis, Philip Roth sums up the book’s first chapter: An SS man has orders to remove the statue of the Jewish composer Mendelssohn from among the statues of musicians that ornament the roof of the …

Music on the Grand Tour

Music in European Capitals: The Galant Style, 1720–1780

by Daniel Heartz
“The music formerly known as classical” is a slogan used by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for music most people call “contemporary.” Though BMOP’s purpose is to shake up entrenched ideas about new music and about “classical” and “popular,” the phrase, recast in meaning, could also refer to music of …

Beethoven Beyond Classicism

Late Beethoven: Music, Thought, Imagination

by Maynard Solomon

Beethoven's Ninth: A Political History

by Esteban Buch, translated from the French by Richard Miller
One autumn evening in 1821 or 1822 the artist Blasius Höfel was sitting with some friends at a tavern in Wiener Neu- stadt, a town near Vienna. Suddenly a local policeman appeared and announced that “we have arrested somebody who will give us no peace. He keeps on yelling that …