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Beethoven The Music and the Life (Hardcover)

Author:  Lewis Lockwood
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0393050815
ISBN-13: 9780393050813
Sku: 31002971
Publish Date: 12/1/2002
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 2T
Pages:  604
Age Range:  NA
In this brilliant portrayal of the world's most famous composer, eminent Beethoven scholar Lockwood interweaves his subject's musical and biographical dimensions and places them in their historical and artistic contexts. 50 illustrations. 8 music examples.
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A portrait of the life, career, and milieu of the master composer describes the special challenges he faced as a gifted artist in the face of personal, historical, political, and cultural factors, in a volume that shares insight into his compositional methods through recreations of his sketchbooks and autograph manuscripts.
Beethoven, who was in many ways alienated from those around him, devoted his life to expressing his hopes for humanity in his music. This biography traces much of Beethoven's irascibility back to his physical ailments (which included not only his famous deafness and tinnitis but also chronic bronchitis and colitis), but points out that as his health troubles increased, his music became more glorious--and, indeed, the triumph over pain and adversity became the thematic hallmark of his work. Lockwood's biography of Beethoven covers his early losses, his musical education in Bonn and Vienna, and his subsequent career as a composer, with in-depth commentary on his music. Lockwood includes information from Beethoven's diaries and notebooks, all of which add to the detailed realism of his portrait.
Author Bio
Lewis Lockwood
Lewis Lockwood is Fanny Peabody Professor of Music at Harvard University.


Kirkus Reviews
"An outstanding new survey of the great composer's life and works....The only book on Beethoven most music lovers will need." 08/15/2002

New York Times Book Review
"Lockwood...has put a lifetime of study and wisdom into this far-ranging, temperate biography, which...speaks in a clear and prudent, if a little stodgy, voice....Being able to read music is a help, but there is no better survey of Beethoven's compositions for a wide audience." - Michael Kimmelman 01/19/2003

New York Review of Books
"Lockwood has produced a more balanced account of Beethoven, balanced between life and works, than any other study I know of. Although his priorities come through clearly enough in his slightly bumpy title, he has sought to treat life and works with equal responsibility and indeed to make his peace with the inherent problems of artistic biography....[T]his is a magisterial study without being overbearing. It is often beautifully written and it is supported by a lifetime of wide reading. Formidable musicological authority lurks mostly in the endnotes though specialists will feel it on every page." - Joseph Kerman 02/27/2003

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0604
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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