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Out of Circulation Beethoven, ‘Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben’ (Rocco), Fidelio, Act I

  • Nicholas Mathew



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Nicholas Mathew, University of California; nicholas.mathew@berkeleyÓ.edu.



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1 Scherer, Frederic, Quarter Notes and Bank Notes: The Economics of Music Composition in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Princeton, 2004), 1 .

2 See Clive, Peter, Beethoven and His World (New York, 2001), 392393 and Jahn, Michael, Di Tanti Palpiti: Italiener in Wien (Vienna, 2006), 2930 . Weinmüller had a line in well-meaning bourgeois Dads, and had created the role of nineteenth-century German opera’s best-known kindly father, Richard Boll in Joseph Weigl’s 1809 smash-hit Die Schweizer Familie. See Rice, John, ‘German Opera in Vienna around 1800: Joseph Weigl and Die Schweizer Familie ’, in Oper im Aufbruch: Gattingskonzepte des deutschsprachigen Musiktheaters um 1800, ed. Marcus Chr. Lippe (Kassel, 2007), 314315 .

3 Wendt, Amadeus, ‘Gedanken über die neuere Tonkunst, und van Beethoven’s Music, namentlich dessen Fidelio’, Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung 17 (21 June 1815), col. 415.

4 Wendt, ‘Gedanken’ (14 June 1815), col. 400.

5 Wendt, ‘Gedanken’ (21 June 1815), col. 415.

6 Robinson, Paul, Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio (Cambridge, 1996), 10 , 83.

7 Robinson, Fidelio, 82.

8 For a nifty account of the confusions and tensions in historians’ use of the word ‘bourgeois’ see Williams, Raymond, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, rev. edn (London, 1988), 4548 . See also Carl Dahlhaus’s perceptive and resonant analysis of the Viennese Beethoven monument as an uneasy compromise between aristocratic monumentality and ‘bourgeois ideals’ – a compromise that has an analogue, he claims, in the Beethoven myth itself; Nineteenth-Century Music, trans. J. Bradford Robinson (Berkeley, 1989), 79.

9 See Solomon, Maynard, ‘The Nobility Pretense’, in Beethoven Essays (Cambridge, MA, 1988), 53 .

10 See Solomon, ‘Beethoven’s Magazin der Kunst’, in Beethoven Essays, 193–204.

* Nicholas Mathew, University of California; .

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