unsterblich geliecte Rezeption
by Thomas Sipe
Wayne M. Senner, Robin Wallace,
and William Meredith, editors. The Critical Reception of Beethoven's
Compositions by His German Contemporaries. Volume I: translated by Wayne
M. Senner. Volume II: translated by Robin Wallace. Lincoln: University
of Nebraska Press, 1999–2001. xviii, 260pp.; xviii, 289pp.
Beate Angelika Kraus. Beethoven-Rezeption in Frankreich: Von ihren Anfängen
bis zum Untergang des Second Empire. Bonn: Beethoven-Haus, 2001. 368pp.
T hese two recent offerings dealing with the reception of Beethoven's
music suggest a philosophical reappraisal of the critical application
of reception studies more generally. This is a review that will make few
judgments, but ask many questions. There will undoubtedly be other reviews
that confront various particularities of these works, their minor failings,
their occasional effulgences. I want to address their larger implications
for the way we think about and study Beethoven's music.