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Beethoven : anguish and triumph : a biography

Author: Jan Swafford
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jan Swafford's biographies of 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Biographie
Named Person: Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Swafford
ISBN: 9780618054749 061805474X
OCLC Number: 881386554
Description: xxi, 1077 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Bonn, electorate of Cologne --
Father, mother, son --
Reason and revolution --
Loved in turn --
Golden age --
A journey and a death --
Bildung --
Stem and book --
Unreal city --
Chains of craftsmanship --
Generalissimo --
Virtuoso --
Fate's hammer --
The good, the beautiful, and the melancholy --
The new path --
Oh, fellow men --
Heaven and Earth will tremble --
Geschrieben auf Bonaparte --
Our hearts were stirred --
That haughty beauty --
Schemes --
Darkness to light --
Thus be enabled to create --
Myths and men --
My angel, my self --
We finite beings --
The queen of the night --
What is difficult --
The sky above, the law within --
Qui venit in nomine Domini --
You millions --
Ars longa, vita brevis --
Plaudite, amici.
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"Jan Swafford's biographies of 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. Throughout, Swafford offers insightful readings of Beethoven's key works."--Publisher information.

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