The Culture of Musical Arrangement in Beethoven’s Vienna


Assoc. Prof. Nancy November

Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries

Project code: CAI001

This first detailed study of the art and culture of arranging in the nineteenth century will add considerably to our understanding of private-sphere music-making in this era. It will also contribute to current debates on the nature of the musical work, the status of the composer, and the roles of music in society. The work of five important arrangers who worked in Beethoven’s lifetime will be discussed, including well-known musicians like Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837) and Ferdinand Ries (1784–1838).

The project deals mainly, although not solely, with the early nineteenth century, partly because arrangements from that time were more varied in terms of genre, but also because studying Beethoven and his contemporaries with respect to musical arrangement allows a detailed and probing discussion of canon formation and reception. The research also considers how practices, cultures, and markets varied in different locations, including London, Paris, and various German cities.