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The Beethoven Obsession - Brendan Ward

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Published: 1st August 2013
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The Beethoven Obsession tells the story of how the greatest piano music ever written acquired a unique Australian voice, played on a revolutionary grand piano that shook up the conservative music establishment.

It is a fast-paced drama of frustration, envy, rivalry, struggle and success, starring a self-taught child prodigy who sold condoms and contraband to advance his studies; a fanatical inventor who took apart pianos as a child to examine their ‘gizzards’; and a TV cameraman who became a music entrepreneur to translate the music he loved into an Australian first.

Their unorthodox, historic odyssey created multi-award-winning, best-selling albums and changed their lives forever.

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Brendan Ward never does things by halves. I know this, because we were briefly colleagues and I've witnessed his uncompromising intensity and dedication first hand. Still, he does not expect more of others than he does of himself. I never knew that Beethoven mattered to him to such a degree, thanks to his mother's passion, which she passed on to her only son from the earliest age, when he learned the piano in a modest Queensland home.

Now Ward tells the surprising story of where this obsession has led him: into a seemingly crazy project to record all of Beethoven's piano sonatas with an Australian pianist on a unique Australian made piano. It's a terrific yarn about so much more than music: it's about friendship, audacity, vision and innovation. It's about why some dreams fail but are worth dreaming anyway. It's about how the spirit of the Olympics lit more than one torch, allowing us for a moment to think bigger, better, bolder, before spluttering out, extinguished by cold realities.

With characteristic commitment and willingness to embrace the newest methods, Ward has produced a richly curated e-book version which includes one hundred music files and images, making it a great gift for anyone who loves classical music and technology.

About the Author

Brendan Ward spent much of his working life in the film and television industry. His obsession with Beethoven's piano works has resulted in an award-winning series of classical bestsellers.

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4.0

Great read!

By maglizm

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
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    Delightful to have music and video 'on tap' while reading the text.

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    5.0

    A narrative and sonic treat!

    By Bazza27

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      A great example of what an e-book can be. Integration of printed information and the many sound examples is superb. Beethoven's music is great in *any* format, of course!

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      ISBN: 9781742241609
      ISBN-10: 1742241603
      Format: ePUB
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 272
      Published: 1st August 2013