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Beethoven / Edition 2

Beethoven / Edition 2

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by Maynard Solomon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0825671639

ISBN-13: 9780825671630

Pub. Date: 12/22/2000

Publisher: Omnibus Press

Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven's life and music, this edition takes into account the latest information and literature. Includes a 30-page bibliographical essay, numerous illustrations, and a full-color pictorial biography of the composer.

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Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven's life and music, this edition takes into account the latest information and literature. Includes a 30-page bibliographical essay, numerous illustrations, and a full-color pictorial biography of the composer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825671630
Publisher:
Omnibus Press
Publication date:
12/22/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
554
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.54(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Editionix
Introduction to the Revised Editionxv
Acknowledgmentsxx
I.Bonn
1Family Background3
2Childhood21
3The Second Decade33
4Last Years in Bonn: Enlightenment47
5The Music63
II.Vienna: Early Years
6A Pianist and His Patrons77
7Haydn89
8Portrait of a Young Composer105
9Vienna: City of Dreams121
10The Music127
III.The Heroic Period
11Crisis and Creativity145
12The Heroic Decade (I)163
13Bonaparte: The Crisis of Belief173
14The Heroic Decade (II)187
15The Immortal Beloved207
16The Music247
IV.The Final Phase
17The Dissolution of the Heroic Style281
18Beethoven and His Nephew297
19Portrait of an Aging Composer331
20Reconstruction343
21The "Return" to Bonn359
22The Music385
Abbreviations427
Notes431
Selected Bibliography486
Index of Compositions519
Index527

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Beethoven 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
musicaly historical and historicaly musical.... a piece of beauty experiencece and knowledge.... a must for any musicaly inclined person.... scholarly thought out, yet clear to understand.... expandes one's mind to precive the composer's self character as a animated image.... illusrates the inclination of beethoven as a living thought.... written on the best subject, by the best author, creating the best book i ever read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a historical figure, Beethoven is all too often mythologized into godlike stature. Legends, fables, spurious speculation, and rumors find their way into far too many accounts of his life. Mr. Solomon does an excellent job af getting behind the romanticized 'Beethoven' to present us with a thoroughly researched and fascinating portrayal of a remarkable man, debunking a few of the myths in the process. The writing flows well, avoiding overly technical language without sacrificing clarity. Would be a great read for musicians, academics, and novices alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the most drab book on one of the most talented, interesting and passionate people of the last millenium. The author decided to show off his extensive vocabulary and research rather than tell Beethoven's life story with the same energy that he lived. If you are looking for an Ivy league book report then this one is for you. Otherwise I suggest you find someone who can translate the soul and spirit of this extrodinary musician with the passion he deserves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Solomon's Beethoven is probably the least interesting biography of Beethoven in print. It is extremely dry and pedantic and does not capture the passion that was Ludwig van Beethoven. The reading is more of a tedious chore than a delight. Spend your time listening to Symphony No.5, op. 67, and Symphony No. 9, op. 125, instead of reading this abomination of a book.