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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.
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Beethoven

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Overview

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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NY Times Book Review
. . .a landmark in Beethoven scholarship.
Robert S. Winter
Brilliant and heartfelt. -- Notes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857128133
  • Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 404,009
  • File size: 10 MB

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition ix
Introduction to the Revised Edition xv
Acknowledgments xx
I. Bonn
1 Family Background 3
2 Childhood 21
3 The Second Decade 33
4 Last Years in Bonn: Enlightenment 47
5 The Music 63
II. Vienna: Early Years
6 A Pianist and His Patrons 77
7 Haydn 89
8 Portrait of a Young Composer 105
9 Vienna: City of Dreams 121
10 The Music 127
III. The Heroic Period
11 Crisis and Creativity 145
12 The Heroic Decade (I) 163
13 Bonaparte: The Crisis of Belief 173
14 The Heroic Decade (II) 187
15 The Immortal Beloved 207
16 The Music 247
IV. The Final Phase
17 The Dissolution of the Heroic Style 281
18 Beethoven and His Nephew 297
19 Portrait of an Aging Composer 331
20 Reconstruction 343
21 The "Return" to Bonn 359
22 The Music 385
Abbreviations 427
Notes 431
Selected Bibliography 486
Index of Compositions 519
Index 527
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    The Book Does Not Match Up With the Man

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    Outstanding

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2002

    Reads like a dictionary.

    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.

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