Beethoven : The Music and the Life (Hardcover)

Author: Lockwood, Lewis

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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.


Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393050813
SKU 31002971
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0393050815
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 2T
Author Info
Lewis Lockwood
Lewis Lockwood is Fanny Peabody Professor of Music at Harvard University.
"An outstanding new survey of the great composer's life and works....The only book on Beethoven most music lovers will need."
"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."
"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."
From the Publisher
Annotation 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.
Editors Note 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.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0604
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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