Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9 in Full Score (英語) ペーパーバック – 1989/1/1
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Beethoven's symphonies are among his 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. 8 in F Major, Op. 93, and Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125.
The eighth is full of beauty and innocent merriment, while the ninth is Beethoven's best and greatest symphony, a dazzling end to his symphonic works. Also included here is a translation of the passage from Schiller's ode "To Joy," featured in the last movement. Meticulously reproduced from the authoritative Litolff edition, each score features large, clear noteheads and wide margins for ease of use in studying and following the music. Far less expensive than comparable full-score editions, this volume belongs in the library of any music lover who wishes to study the masterly innovation and creativity Beethoven brought to the symphonic form.
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I had intended to purchase the print copy but accidentally purchased the Kindle edition. Since I'd already purchased it, I decided to check it out on first on my 7" Nook HD with the Kindle Reader. It displayed two tiny and completely unreadable pages at a time. I couldn't find any Android Kindle Reader setting to show only one page with a score at a time so I tried the Kindle Reader on my 1920 x 1080 resolution laptop. Here, it only displayed one page at a time as I had wanted, but it was still nearly unreadable. Because it is musical score, it has to display each page as an image except that the way they've scanned and formatted it, it has enormous borders so you need a huge screen to view it. Depending upon the device, you may be able to blow up the view, but then you have to close that view and then turn to the next page and blow up the next page. I also tried a free PDF download of a different edition of the score and found that even with that edition, because the music flies by when performed resulting in rapid page turns and the huge repeats, it is really impractical to use ANY electronic version of the score if you intend to follow it while listening.
I returned the Kindle copy and purchased the print copy as I had originally intended.
Knowing the deficiency of the source edition, my major complaint is there are no measure numbers so it's a big inconvenience for anyone wishing to study specific points in the score.
BTW, all these are available for free download as PDF on [...]. But for me, having these in a book format beats having to print out page after page of PDF which gets messy.