Beethoven / Edition 2

Beethoven / Edition 2

by Maynard Solomon
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Omnibus Press
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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.