By Lewis Lockwood
An authoritative paintings providing a clean examine Beethoven’s existence, occupation, and milieu. “Magisterial” —New York overview of Books.
This terrific portrayal weaves Beethoven's musical and biographical tales into their historic and creative contexts. Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent own, ancient, political, and cultural frameworks within which Beethoven labored and examines their results on his tune. "The result's that rarest of achievements, a profoundly humane paintings of scholarship that will—or at the least should—appeal to experts and generalists in equivalent degree" (Terry Teachout, Commentary). Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "Lewis Lockwood has written a biography of Beethoven during which the hours that Beethoven spent writing music—that is, his equipment of operating, his curiosity in modern and earlier composers, the advance of his musical intentions and beliefs, his internal musical existence, in short—have been effectively built-in with the exterior occasions of his profession. The publication is invaluable." —Charles Rosen "Lockwood writes with poetry and clarity—a infrequent mix. I specially loved the relationship that he makes among the works of Beethoven and the social and political context in their creation—we suppose towards Beethoven the guy with out wasting our ask yourself at his genius." —Emanuel Ax "The magnum opus of an illustrious Beethoven pupil. any further, we'll all flip to Lockwood's Beethoven: The track and the Life for perception and instruction." —Maynard Solomon "This is actually the Beethoven biography for the clever reader. Lewis Lockwood speaks in his preface of writing on Beethoven's works at 'a hugely obtainable descriptive level.' yet he is going past that. His dialogue of the tune, in line with a deep wisdom of its context and the composition tactics at the back of it, explains, elucidates, and isn't afraid to guage; whereas the biographical chapters, in actual fact and unfussily written, and taking complete account of the most recent pondering on Beethoven, align heavily with the musical dialogue. the result's a deeply perceptive publication that comes as shut as should be to featuring the fellow and the song as a unity."—Stanley Sadie, editor, The New Grove Dictionary of track and Musicians "Impressive for either its scholarship and its clean insights, this landmark work—fully obtainable to the amateur—immediately takes its position one of the crucial references in this composer and his music."—Bob Goldfarb, KUSC-FM 91.5 "Lockwood writes like an angel: lucid, enthusiastic, stirring and enlightening. Beethoven has came across his ablest interpreter."—Jonathan Keates, The Spectator "There isn't any greater survey of Beethoven's compositions for a large audience."—Michael Kimmelman, The manhattan occasions e-book Review
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