Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph : a Biography

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 - 1077 pages
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Jan Swafford's biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world's most iconic music. Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that would shape all of his future work. Swafford then tracks his subject to Vienna, capital of European music, where Beethoven built his career in the face of critical incomprehension, crippling ill health, romantic rejection, and “fate's hammer,” his ever-encroaching deafness. Throughout, Swafford offers insightful readings of Beethoven's key works.

More than a decade in the making, this will be the standard Beethoven biography for years to come.

 

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I've been reading this 1077 page biography of one of the most famous composers for the past 3 months. I barely know where to begin in reviewing this book. As a professional classical musician, I knew ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Read this in and out over a number of months this past year. The best of the Beethoven biographies I've read. Very much like the Brahms bio—straight ahead, not much supposition or invention, very ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

1 Bonn Electorate of Cologne
1
2 Father Mother Son
21
3 Reason and Revolution
40
4 Loved in Turn
56
5 Golden Age
69
6 A Journey and a Death
84
7 Bildung
95
8 Stem and Book
112
20 That Haughty Beauty
436
21 Schemes
462
22 Darkness to Light
484
23 Thus Be Enabled to Create
516
24 Myths and Men
544
25 My Angel My Self
580
26 We Finite Beings
613
27 The Queen of the Night
657

9 Unreal City
132
10 Chains of Craftsmanship
145
11 Generalissimo
166
12 Virtuoso
186
13 Fates Hammer
207
14 The Good the Beautiful and the Melancholy
242
15 The New Path
269
16 Oh Fellow Men
301
17 Heaven and Earth Will Tremble
331
18 Geschrieben auf Bonaparte
370
19 Our Hearts Were Stirred
402
28 What Is Difficult
697
29 The Sky Above the Law Within
738
30 Qui Venit in Nomine Domini
789
31 You Millions
826
32 Ars Longa Vita Brevis
857
33 Plaudite Amici
898
Back Matter
937
Back Flap
1079
Back Cover
1080
Spine
1081
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JAN SWAFFORD is the author of Johannes Brahms: A Biography and Charles Ives: A Life with Music, as well as TheVintage Guide to Classical Music. He teaches music history, theory, and composition at the Boston Conservatory.

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