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The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: The Complete Ballet Music in Full Score Ludwig van Beethoven

The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: The Complete Ballet Music in Full Score

Ludwig van Beethoven

Published October 22nd 2002
ISBN : 9780486424378
Paperback
176 pages
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Written early in Beethovens career on a commission from the Viennese courts ballet-master, The Creatures of Prometheus draws upon a creation myth for its inspiration. The ballet recounts the ancient story of the demigod Prometheus, who molds humansMoreWritten early in Beethovens career on a commission from the Viennese courts ballet-master, The Creatures of Prometheus draws upon a creation myth for its inspiration. The ballet recounts the ancient story of the demigod Prometheus, who molds humans both literally, from clay, and intellectually, by endowing them with gifts of art and science--an irresistible scenario for Beethovens Enlightenment sensibilities. The theme for the ballets finale reappeared later in the composers Eroica Symphony, as well as in the Eroica Variations for piano solo. Other aspects of this work, starting with a thunderstorm portraying Zeuss wrath, demonstrate the sudden key changes, tonal shifts, and unexpected tense episodes characteristic of Beethovens style. Musicians and music lovers will want to add this authoritative score to their libraries. Noted scholar Stanley Appelbaum has provided comprehensive notes to this edition, clarifying the historical and musical background of this unusual work. Unabridged republication of Die Geschopfe des Prometheus, Ballet, Op. 3: Series 2, No. 11, from the Breitkopf & Härtel Complete Works Edition. Introduction to the Dover Edition by Stanley Appelbaum.