The Last Master Passion and Pain

The Last Master Passion and Pain

by John Suchet
     
 

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Passion and Pain, the second volume of John Suchet's compelling trilogy about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, depicts the composer at the height of his powers - yet all the time beset by his deafness, the great tragedy of his life.

Famous throughout Europe, championed by wealthy patrons, sought out by other musicians, Beethoven's triumphs and

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Passion and Pain, the second volume of John Suchet's compelling trilogy about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, depicts the composer at the height of his powers - yet all the time beset by his deafness, the great tragedy of his life.

Famous throughout Europe, championed by wealthy patrons, sought out by other musicians, Beethoven's triumphs and frustrations are shared with the reader as he composes and performs the towering works of the 'heroic period' - the 'Eroica' Symphony, the 'Emperor' Concerto, the Fifth and the 'Appassionata' Sonata - and as he struggles alone in the middle of the night to hear the great music he is creating.

We learn of the one great love of his life, his 'Eternally Beloved', meet the loyal friends who eased the suffering of the genius among them, encounter Johanna, the sister-in-law he despises, and witness the invasion of Vienna by French forces, as Beethoven seeks shelter from the shells in his brother's cellar. Written as a novel, though strictly in accordance with the known facts, Passion and Pain is a monumental narrative.

Editorial Reviews

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Beethoven's raison d'etre- his compositions- come to life thanks to Suchet's passionate descriptons the first performances of some of Ludwig's great works. Ideally read while listening to some of the symphonies.—BELFAST TELEGAPH

The overall effect is convincing. Beethoven's music is our soul, and here is a readable and sensitive account of how this music came about.—TLS

The heart-shaking story of genius and passionate loneliness is brilliantly researched and lovingly told—MAIL ON SUNDAY

Suchet's achievement is masterly, bringing Beethoven and the Vienna of his day convincingly to life—SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780751526196
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
12/03/1998
Series:
The Last Master
Edition description:
New
Pages:
479
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

John Suchet is an award-winning television journalist and newscaster. He is now the regular presenter of the EARLY EVENING NEWS and frequently presents NEWS AT TEN.

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