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By Jan Swafford

ISBN-10: 057131256X

ISBN-13: 9780571312566

ISBN-10: 149455769X

ISBN-13: 9781494557690

ISBN-10: 8416748683

ISBN-13: 9788416748686

Sunday instances Classical tune booklet of the Year

'Magisterial, hot, and fascinating . . . A triumph of scholarship and musical affinity . . . Jan Swafford is to be saluted.' Independent

Jan Swafford's biographies of composers Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have verified him as a respected tune historian, in a position to bringing his matters vibrantly to existence. His brilliant new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the residing, respiring man or woman who composed a few of the world's so much iconic tune. Swafford mines assets by no means earlier than utilized in English-language biographies to reanimate the innovative ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, the place Beethoven grew up and imbibed the information that will form all of his destiny paintings. Swafford then tracks his topic to Vienna, capital of ecu tune, the place Beethoven equipped his occupation within the face of severe incomprehension, crippling sick healthiness, romantic rejection, and 'fate's hammer', his ever-encroaching deafness. on the time of his loss of life he used to be so greatly celebrated that over 10000 humans attended his funeral.

This booklet is a biography of Beethoven the fellow and musician, no longer the parable, and all through, Swafford - himself a composer - deals insightful readings of Beethoven's key works. greater than a decade within the making, this may be the traditional Beethoven biography for years to come.

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