The Bridgetower Sonata

Brimming with lively detail and dialogue and with cameo appearances from historical figures such as writer Alexandre Dumas, the early feminist activist Camille Desmoulins, and the early abolitionist author, Nicolas de Condorcet, The ...

Author: Emmanuel Dongala

Publisher: IPG

ISBN: 1943156891

Category: Fiction

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In this vividly imagined, richly detailed historical novel, acclaimed Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala has focused his laser-sharp wit and wry satirical perspective on the life and times of George Bridgetower, a young violin prodigy, who, at the age of nine, took the courtly world of 18th century Europe by storm—and surprise, given the youth's unusual origins: for young George was of mixed- race parentage, known in the parlance of the day as a mulatto. Though his father Augustus was from Barbados and dark-skinned while his mother was a German handmaiden in the Viennese court, this young virtuoso, proclaimed as the "Black Mozart" was welcomed into the high society of Tout-Paris on the eve of the French Revolution, and later, after he and his opportunistic father fled to England, became a court favorite of the Prince of Wales where his fame spread widely across Europe where he eventually arrived in Vienna and became close friends with Ludwig Van Beethoven himself. Despite their fraternal bonding and the fact that they composed and performed the titular sonata together that Beethoven dedicated to his "little Moor", the two had an irreconcilable falling-out due to an unfortunate slight that Bridgetower made about Beethoven's beloved soon-to-be fiancée Josephine—a schism that resulted in Bridgetower's banishment from Ludwig's circle and the removal of his name from the composition's title that the tempestuous composer changed to the "Kreutzer Sonata", to become one of Beethoven's most famous and enduring pieces. Brimming with lively detail and dialogue and with cameo appearances from historical figures such as writer Alexandre Dumas, the early feminist activist Camille Desmoulins, and the early abolitionist author, Nicolas de Condorcet, The Bridgetower Sonata brings to light the issues of race, class, privilege, and with gentle humor reveals the rampant hypocrisy of that era that uncannily mirrors our own.

Sonata Mulattica

Sonata mulattica : a life in five movements and a short play / poems by Rita Dove
. — 1st ed . p . cm . Includes bibliographical references . ISBN 978 - 0 - 393 -
07008 - 8 I . Title . PS3554 . 0884566 2009 811 ' . 54 - dc22 2008054281 W . W ...

Author: Rita Dove

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

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Category: Poetry

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A lyric narrative by a Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. poet laureate, inspired by the life of a nineteenth-century virtuoso violinist, traces the early years of George Polgreen Bridgetower as a son of a white woman and an "African prince," his acclaim in Vienna, and his break with Beethoven after a dispute over a woman.

Sonata Mulattica Poems

Sonata mulattica :a life infive movements and a short play / poems by Rita Dove.
—1st ed. p.cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 9780393070088 ISBN
9780393338935pbk. I. Title. PS3554.O884S66 2009 811'.54—dc22 ...

Author: Rita Dove

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393249352

Category: Poetry

Page: 240

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Detailing the volatile relationship between the black violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven, this is a "masterful collection" (Los Angeles Times). The son of a white woman and an “African Prince,” George Polgreen Bridgetower (1780–1860) travels to Vienna to meet “bad-boy” genius Ludwig van Beethoven. The great composer’s subsequent sonata is originally dedicated to the young mulatto, but George, exuberant with acclaim, offends Beethoven over a woman. From this crucial encounter evolves a grandiose yet melancholy poetic tale. A New Yorker's A Year's Reading; Booklist Editors Choice Award.

Dedicating Music 1785 1850

As is well-known, Beethoven himself first performed the work with George
Polgreen Bridgetower, a violinist partly of African descent and the recipient of the
composer's most clever and subtly racist manuscript dedication: “Sonata
mulattica ...

Author: Emily H. Green

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ISBN: 1580469493

Category: Dedications

Page: 264

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A synchronic study that highlights the importance of printed packaging, rather than notes on the page, to the complex relationship between composers, publishers, and consumers of music.

The Book You Were Born to Write

Sonata Mulattica 7. The Five Love Languages : The Secret to Love That Lasts 8.
Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis 9. The Subtle Art of Not
Giving a F * ck : A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life 10. You Can ...

Author: Kelly Notaras

Publisher: Hay House

ISBN: 1401955622

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

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Publishing a book has never been so simple, accessible, or affordable as it is today. So why are so many thought leaders, healers, and change-agents stuck at the starting line? This book will light the way, offering a simple step-by-step path that takes authors from concept to finished book. In it, publishing veteran Kelly Notaras demystifies the publishing process and gives writers the tools, insider information, and inspiration to start strong, keep going, and get across the finish line as quickly as possible.

New Formalisms and Literary Theory

Michael Adams, Slang: The People's Poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press,
2009), 118. Dove, Sonata Mulattica, 145. Rita Dove, 'Rain,' in The Massachusetts
Review 50.1/2 (2009): 98. The Heiligenstadt Testament is the name of an
October ...

Author: V. Theile

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137010495

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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Bringing together scholars who have critically followed New Formalism's journey through time, space, and learning environment, this collection of essays both solidifies and consolidates New Formalism as a burgeoning field of literary criticism and explicates its potential as a varied but viable methodology of contemporary critical theory.


Michigan Quarterly Review

..Adam's Thirst 570 Dove , Rita .... ..from Sonata Mulattica 602 Duhamel , Denise .
........ .Repeat 82 Fisk , Molly The October Garden 569 Fox , Diana ... Upon
Receiving My Mother's Wedding Announcement ; Clemency 454 Gao Xingjian .

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The Beethoven Journal

him to compose a Sonata mulattica . ( The New Grove notes that Beethoven
entered the following inscription on the rough composing score of the Kreutzer : “
Sonata mulattica composta per il mulatto Brischdauer , gran pazzo e compositore
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Musical Heritage Review

On the manuscript Beethoven had scribbled “ sonata mulattica , ” or “ sonata in
the mulatto style . ” The originally intended dedicatee and actual first performer
was one George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower ( whose last name Beethoven ...

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Music Through the Looking Glass

It was originally written for the English half - negro violinist and composer George
Bridgetower ( 1779–1860 ) , and inscribed Sonata mulattica composta per il
mulatto Brischdauer , gran pazzo * e compositore mulattico . The inscription was
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Author: Fritz Spiegl

Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul Books

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Category: Music

Page: 325

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The Amadeus Book of the Violin

When Kreutzer declined to perform the Sonata op . 47 , Beethoven premiered it in
May 1803 with Bridgetower . A partial autograph , acquired by the Beethoven -
Haus in Bonn in 1965 , carries the inscription " Sonata mulattica . ” As Beethoven
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Author: Walter Kolneder

Publisher: Amadeus

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Category: Music

Page: 597

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THE AMADEUS BOOK OF THE VIOLIN CONSTRUCTION HISTORY AND MUSIC

Bochsa s New Method for the Harp

An angry Beethoven wrote on the original manuscript : " Sonata mulattica .
Composta per il Mulatto Brischdauer ( sic ) gran passo e compositore mulattico " (
Mulatick Sonata . Composed for the mulatto Brischdauer ( sic ) , great lunatick
and ...

Author: Robert Nicolas Charles Bochsa

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Category: Harp

Page: 166

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Beethoven the Sonatas for Piano and Violin

The Kreutzer Sonata breaks many of the rules of chamber music sonatas , and
the fact that we are dealing with a ... first part of the manuscript : Sonata mulattica
composta per il Mulatto Brischdauer gran pazzo e compositore mulattico .

Author: Max Rostal

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 219

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A rich survey of all Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano.

The Georgia Review

The first book was an apprentice piece , trueand the focus shifts with “ Ö , ” which
is all about the way language changes our perceptions . WW : How did you
discover your subject , George Bridgetower , for your collection Sonata Mulattica
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The Publishers Weekly

( May ) Sonata Mulattica Rita Dove . Norton , $ 24.95 ( 224p ) ISBN 978-0-393-
07008-8 This 12th collection from the former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize
recipient is her third book - length narrative poem : it follows the real career of the
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Annual Report

In June , we ended the year by hosting Rita Dove's reading of her magnificent
new narrative poem , Sonata Mulattica , at the famous Harvard Book Store ( three
weeks earlier , I had the great honor to introduce our Pulitzer Prize - winning ...

Author: W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research

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The Virginia Quarterly Review

Among her nine poetry books are American Smooth ( Norton , 2004 ) and Sonata
Mulattica ( Norton , 2009 ) . Elliott Holt's essays , book reviews , and short fiction
have appeared in the New York Times , Guernica , the Millions , Kenyon Review
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