We at The Unheard Beethoven are exceedingly pleased to announce several additions to our little Beethoven family, three celebrated Beethoven scholars who have kindly agreed to be contributing authors.
* Professor Barry Cooper, University of Manchester. Barry Cooper studied music at University College, Oxford (MA, 1973; DPhil., 1974), where he also studied organ (FRCO, 1968). After a temporary lecturership at St Andrews University he moved to Aberdeen University (1974) before transferring to Manchester University in 1990, where he was appointed Professor of Music in 2003. He is best known for his research on Beethoven, on whom he has written or edited seven books. He has also published a scholarly performing edition of Beethoven’s 35 Piano Sonatas (2007), with extensive commentary. For further details of these and other publications, see under ‘Research Interests’. His reconstruction of the original slow movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2, performed by the Quatuor Danel, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2011. In 2012 he discovered a hymn setting by Beethoven, ‘Pange lingua’, which he performed with music students at the Martin Harris Centre (University of Manchester) and which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.
* Paul Reid, author of The Beethoven Song Companion and former chairman of the Schubert Institute (UK).
* James F. Green, translator and editor of The New Hess Catalog of Beethoven’s Works, founder and president of Monument Records, which is the preemininent label for premiering unheard Beethoven works, and longtime friend of this website.
The first contribution, Paul Reid’s fascinating article on the relationship between Beethoven and Schubert, is already live for your perusal.