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    Default Beethoven as I Knew Him by Anton Schindler

    I've already got a few books on Beethoven but is this one worth adding to my collection? Also, do you think Schindler's words are reliable enough to be referenced in a Master's degree assignment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beetzart View Post
    I've already got a few books on Beethoven but is this one worth adding to my collection? Also, do you think Schindler's words are reliable enough to be referenced in a Master's degree assignment?

    Thank you
    Schindler is considered a highly unreliable source. You could cite him, but if you are relying on him for a major point or thesis, that would be problematic. Best to cite him as the "notoriously unreliable" Schindler, or something like that. He seems to have made lots of stuff up.
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    I think it is very likely that all of Schindler´s claims have been examined and commented upon by other writers.
    Though it takes time, if writing a paper, it would be obligatory to have any single one of Schindler´s points either confirmed or refused by other writers, or told about only with reservations, if you are using his material.
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    I second both of the above posts. Schindler was very good at "rewriting" history to favor himself.

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    Modern Beethoven biographers are very cautious about using any Schindler information as a source unless it is backed up independently by another source.

    The two most reputable modern Beethoven biographies, IMO, are Cooper and Swafford. When either uses Schindler as a source, they are careful to so note and to provide any needed caveats.


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