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Posted January 24, 2001
This book is a well written piece of litterature that makes a doomed attempt at explaining what profound music really is. He(Sullivan) points out that words are totally inadequate to explain something in this other dimention, music, but proceeds to do so anyway. In the second section of the book, JWN talks more specifically about Beethoven and the profundity of his music. One of his phrases pretty well sums up what he, I and perhaps others feel, 'As for his(Beethoven's) ability to use the medium, he stands amongst the greatest....as for the quality of what he wrote, he is beyond comparison.' I enjoyed this book as much for JWN Sullivan's passion for the subject as the subject itself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2000
This is one of the most extraordinary books of the century. It it incredibly enlightening. If I could only take three books with me to a desert island this would be one of the books. It's not for idiot's, though. They wouldn't understand it and would probably give it a bad review. Beethoven is the greatest artist of all time, and this is the single best book ever written about him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2000
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