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Beethoven
Maynard Solomon
0825672686
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Maynard Solomon is that rarest of writers on classical music: a well-trained expert who is also gutsy and humane, and who knows about life. He had the courage to write in recent years about Franz Schubert's homosexuality, which, judging by the size of the polemic that ensued, some academics were still not ready to hear about. But for many readers, Solomon's masterpiece is still his 1977 biography of Beethoven, offered here in a revised second edition that is a must-read for anyone interested in classical music, let alone "The Big Deaf One," as Jean Cocteau referred to the composer. Artfully blending history, psychology, sociology, and musicology in just the right measures, Solomon has taken the opportunity in his revision to focus more on certain themes, like Beethoven and Freemasonry; to discount evidence now seen as...


Beethoven, the Man and the Artist, as Revealed in His Own Words
Friedrich Kerst
0486212610
June 1964
Paperback
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Book Description
Beethoven speaks on music, art, education, his own works, contemporaries, etc.


Beethoven: The Universal Composer (Eminent Lives Series)
Edmund Morris
0060759747
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This addition to the Eminent Lives Series by Pulitzer-winning biographer Morris (Theodore Rex; Dutch) does not disappoint. The author provides a close analysis of only one cantata, the early (written at 19) and relatively obscure Joseph II, but leaves no doubt he could easily do the same for the more radical and magisterial works, which are "bothersome to orthodox opinion" about Beethoven's time, were the ground not so well trodden. Outsize in talent, Beethoven was a difficult, ugly little man, uncomfortable with women (Immortal Beloved and a certain amount of "groupie" attention notwithstanding, he seems never to have had a successful romantic relationship), snobbish and a raving egotist. His seven-year legal battle with his sister-in-law over custody of her son assumed "manic proportions" and set him "drifting...


Beethoven
Ann Rachlin
0812019962
July 1994
Paperback
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Atlanta Latino
Esta serie educa e inspira y muestra su genialidad y creatividad a los pequenos lectores. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
As part of the "Famous Children Series," this delightful story recounts episodes from the childhood of Beethoven. The story of a children from a poor family in Bonn, and how his musical gifts helped him overcome his disadvantages. Lively, full-color illustrations on each page capture the spirit of his times.

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Beethoven's Letters
Ludwig Van Beethoven
0486227693
June 1972
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Book Description
457 of Beethoven’s most candid letters dealing with such topics as his deafness, his declining health, other composers and their influence, his own work. 15 illustrations.


Beethoven: The Music and the Life
Lewis Lockwood
0393326381
January 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Although he breaks no new ground, Lockwood (a Harvard professor emeritus in music and a leading Beethoven scholar) does offer an extremely cogent account of the works as they relate to the well-known three phases of Beethoven's remarkable creative life. It's appropriate that the title places the music first, because it is Lockwood's highly observant account of the composer's musical development that will strike readers most forcibly. There is nothing much new to say about the life, and here Lockwood only goes through the motions, pausing only to observe that despite all the speculation, it is doubtful that Beethoven ever enjoyed the physical love of a woman, notwithstanding his many infatuations and sometimes passionate letters. On the music, however, he has many fine insights, particularly into Beethoven's very...


Ludwig Van Beethoven
Mike Venezia
0516045423
Mar 1996
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Briefly recounts the life of a composer who wrote beautiful sonatas and symphonies despite tragic personal problems.


Ludwig Van Beethoven (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)
Mike Venezia
0516200690
September 1996
Paperback
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Card catalog description
Briefly recounts the life of a composer who wrote beautiful sonatas and symphonies despite tragic personal problems. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Beethoven
Johann Aloys Schlosser
1574670069
April 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
This curious book has long intrigued scholars, even though many have pointed out the flaws in Schlosser's 1827 'biography'. Provides a contemporary view of the man and the musician and illumniate what was believed in Vienna and Prague in 1827.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German


Wagner and Beethoven
Klaus Kropfinger
0521342015
July 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book analyzes the lifelong impact of Beethoven's music on Wagner and its importance for his conception of music drama. Kropfinger charts and scrutinizes Wagner's early responses to the composer and considers his experience as a conductor of Beethoven's music. A discussion of the Romantic "Beethoven image" leads to a careful study of Wagner's aesthetic writings, including his "programmatic explanations," the text "Concerning Franz Liszt's symphonic poems," and his Beethoven centenary essay. The penultimate chapter addresses Wagner's theory and practice of music drama, which he came to regard as the preordained successor to the Beethoven symphony. By analyzing special terms--such as "Leitmotiv"--Wagner's structural view of musical drama comes to the fore; it is a view that deepens not only our understanding of...


Ludwig Van Beethoven
Brendan January
0531119092
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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Beethoven
Anne Pimlott Baker
0753104156
June 1998
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From AudioFile
The magnificent music came from a flawed human. Lonely, often at odds with his family, plagued by money worries and going deaf, Beethoven alternated periods of great creative output with stretches of depressed downtime. There's a lot of information here, but it flows smoothly thanks to Wright's crisp delivery. She paints many verbal pictures of this complicated man; he once conducted 10 bars ahead of the orchestra, silently unaware. Some of his best works, like the MISSA SOLUMNIS, came late in life; some of his most popular works during his lifetime are never played today. Culled partly from the composer's journals and letters, this is a compact but well-rounded biography; you might not even miss the music. J.B.G. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine


Beethoven
John W. Sullivan
0394701003
February 1960
Paperback
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Book Review
Great men, especially creative artists whose work lives after them, engage people's imagination for centuries. Beethoven, as man and composer, has inspired innumerable books both by his contemporaries and later writers, and it is proof of his endlessly fascinating, controversial nature that they all throw a different light on some aspect of his life and work. Since J.W.N. Sullivan wrote his book in 1927, much new information about Beethoven, his character, his illnesses, and his relationships has come to light, but it is still a valid contribution to the literature on the composer. Sullivan's basic theory is that Beethoven's greatness lies in his extraordinary perceptions, his heightened experiences and "states of consciousness," and his ability to organize and synthesize these into a musical expression of a "view of life."...


Ludwig Van Beethoven
Childrens Press
0613374436
Sept 1996
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Briefly recounts the life of a composer who wrote beautiful sonatas and symphonies despite tragic personal problems. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Beethoven
Barry Cooper
0198165986
February 2001
Hardcover
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From Booklist
His music was a period unto itself, for Beethoven built on the music of preceding eras and created his own styles. New tonal relationships between sections of a piece, formal innovations, rhythmic exploration, and challenging complexities are the hallmarks that set him apart from his contemporaries (Haydn, Rossini, and Salieri) and far beyond his predecessors (Bach, Handel, and Mozart). He placed his divine art above all else, but he was practical, composing on commissions and for publication to support himself and, after his brother Carl's death, his nephew Karl. His humanism and the need for interaction with his peers always successfully countered his occasional coarseness and irascibility. Through extensive analysis of Beethoven's most significant works, Cooper shows how his creativity developed and how events in his...


Beethoven
Lewis Lockwood
0674063627
Apr 1992
Hardcover
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Book Description

It is well known that Mozart developed his works in his head and then simply transcribed them onto paper, while Beethoven labored assiduously over sketches and drafts--"his first ideas," in Stephen Spender's words, "of a clumsiness which makes scholars marvel at how he could, at the end, have developed from them such miraculous results." Indeed Beethoven's extensive sketchbooks (which total over 8,000 pages) and the autograph manuscripts, covering several stages of development, reveal the composer systematically exploring and evolving his musical ideas.

Through close investigation of individual works, Lewis Lockwood traces the creative process as it emerges in Beethoven's sketches and manuscripts. Four studies address the composition of the Eroica Symphony from various viewpoints. The chamber works...



Beethoven and His World
Scott Burnham
0691070733
Aug 2000
Paperback
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James R. Oestreich, The New York Times
Shows a remarkable variety of current academic concerns having to do with Beethoven. . . . Filled with other interesting and delightful tidbits. . . .

James R. Oestreich, The New York Times
Shows a remarkable variety of current academic concerns having to do with Beethoven.... Filled with other interesting and delightful tidbits.

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Beethoven
Barry Cooper
0195313313
August 2006
Paperback
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From Booklist
His music was a period unto itself, for Beethoven built on the music of preceding eras and created his own styles. New tonal relationships between sections of a piece, formal innovations, rhythmic exploration, and challenging complexities are the hallmarks that set him apart from his contemporaries (Haydn, Rossini, and Salieri) and far beyond his predecessors (Bach, Handel, and Mozart). He placed his divine art above all else, but he was practical, composing on commissions and for publication to support himself and, after his brother Carl's death, his nephew Karl. His humanism and the need for interaction with his peers always successfully countered his occasional coarseness and irascibility. Through extensive analysis of Beethoven's most significant works, Cooper shows how his creativity developed and how events in his...

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