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Beethoven : Anguish and Triumph - Jan Swafford

Beethoven

Anguish and Triumph

Paperback Published: 1st October 2015
ISBN: 9780571312566
Number Of Pages: 720

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Jan Swafford's biographies of composers 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. At the time of his death he was so widely celebrated that over ten thousand people attended his funeral.

This book is a biography of Beethoven the man and musician, not the myth, and throughout, Swafford - himself a composer - 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.

ISBN: 9780571312566
ISBN-10: 057131256X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: 1st October 2015
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 1.1

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