Beethovenby j.w.n. SULLIVAN
"I believe that in his greatest music Beethoven was primarily concerned to express his personal vision of life. This vision was, of course, the product of his character and his experience. Beethoven the man and Beethoven the composer are not two unconnected entities, and the known history of the man may be used to throw light upon the
From the Author's Preface:
"I believe that in his greatest music Beethoven was primarily concerned to express his personal vision of life. This vision was, of course, the product of his character and his experience. Beethoven the man and Beethoven the composer are not two unconnected entities, and the known history of the man may be used to throw light upon the character of his music."
Clifton Fadiman has said of this classic study:
"It is the most interesting book on music that I have ever read and it is not written for musical experts; rather for people like myself who like to listen to music but can boast no special knowledge of it. It deals not only with music, on which I do not speak with authority, but with human life in general, about which you and I speak with authority every day of our lives."
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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.
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.
great book, worthy of of its subject. Would recommend to any one seriously interested in philosophy of music