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Beethoven: The Universal Composer (Eminent Lives Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research, I chose t

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research, I chose to do my topic on Beethoven because of my 
    interest in music and the life story of the composer. I find this book to be interesting and fascinating with
    Beethoven's struggle of being deaf , I had learned more about Beethoven's everyday life and how he
    was able to live a life with music and having to be able to communicate while being deaf. Another
    reason why I found the book interesting on the fact that it helped me visualize and understand what
    Beethoven had did and went though. Although it was a great book, one thing I did not like about it was
    that Morris had listed and talked about what he had spent on things. Morris was very specific in things
    that Beethoven had did on a daily basis and his struggle with his disability of being deaf. he also talks about 
    Beethoven's music career and how he started to compose music while being set back with him being
    deaf. Overall I had enjoyed reading this book and do recommend it if you are interested in music and the 
    composers history.   

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Brief, But Compelling

    I am not a musicologist, just a casual music lover who wanted to know more about Beethoven. This slender volume is an excellent introduction to the life of this complex individual whose personal history is one of the great tragedies of all biography (as Morris himself says). Morris does an especially good job of explaining the historical events surrounding Beethoven's private life--you can't talk about Vienna of that period without background of the politics. He uses a lot of primary source material--it is fascinating to read The Master's own words to discribe himself. My only complaint is that the author's musical explanations are not very simple for a novice like me who doesn't read music. There is a well-meaning musical glossary that is somewhat helpful. A discography of suggested performances of the major works discussed in depth in the book would have been equally helpful to illustrate Morris' points, but I know that this isn't within the scope of a "brief life" context. I will go back through the book and match the works covered with the pieces in my CD collection. To be fair, the book isn't titled "Beethoven 101" or "Deaf Composers for Dummies."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2015

    I am a  high school sophomore who researched Beethoven because o

    I am a  high school sophomore who researched Beethoven because of my passion for piano .
    In the book
    The Universal Composer ;Beethoven, Edmund Morris provides in detail many facts about Ludwig.
    I liked that he
     described not only about Ludwig's musical talent but also what kind of person he was He clearly
    describes what
    his influences were , hardships he lived through , everyone what was involved in his life and their
    effect , and the
     politics he was involved in. Morris goes into deep detail of Ludwig's life and provides information
     that cannot be
    found on the internet. This book helps me to fully understand what kind of person Ludwig 
    really was inside and
    out. . Another great thing Morris includes is a glossary of musical terms to help understand
     the book a little more
    .The only thing I didn't like about this book was the unnecessary information Morris
    provided . For example , how
    he included the amount of money he earned or spent.Overall this book is very engaging ,and would be  even to
     those who aren't interested in music . I highly recommend this book if you want to know more about Beethoven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project.  

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project.  I chose this book because my topic was Beethoven.  I chose Beethoven because i wanted to know more about Beethoven and his music.  This book was very good in explaining his life from year to year without getting me confused.  It helped me understand his family life and how he got to what he is known for now which is one of the greatest composers in the world.  This book also explained everything before he became a famous composer and what he had to do to become a famous composer.  In my opinion, this book could have been a little easier to understand.  There were some parts that did not make sense because there was just too much information in one spot.  There is some parts in the book where it just kept rambling about one thing and then all of a sudden it skipped a year or two ahead and it kind of got me lost.  I got a lot of great information about Ludwig van Beethoven out of this book.  I enjoyed learning about him and his life before he became a famous composer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I had to read this book for a r

    I am a high school sophomore and I had to read this book for a research project.After reading Beethoven the Universal Composer, I’ve concluded that I do like this book. I like this book because it gives me a better understanding about Beethoven’s life. A great thing about this book is how it would separate each chapter by different years of the events that occurred. Also, since I’m not familiar with music terms, the book is helpful to include a glossary for musical terms, which helped me while I was reading. Beethoven’s life is discussed in great detail, which enables me to properly answer the questions I have been assigned to answer. Author Edmund Morris gives readers a deeper personal view of what Beethoven had to go through in order to become a great pianist.Overall, this book provides light detail for someone who would want to learn or research about Beethoven’s life. I would recommend this book to the next person who decides to pick Beethoven as their research topic, or anyone who would just want to learn about Ludwig van Beethoven.

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    Posted September 26, 2011

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