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Beethoven : the universal composer

Author: Edmund Morris
Publisher: New York : Atlas Books/HarperCollins, ©2005.
Series: Eminent lives.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Beethoven was a genius so universal that his popularity, extraordinary even during his lifetime, has never ceased to grow. It now encircles the globe: Beethoven's most famous works are as beloved in Beijing as they are in Boston. Biographer Morris brings the composer to life as a man of astonishing complexity and overpowering intelligence. A gigantic, compulsively creative personality unable to tolerate constraints,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund Morris
ISBN: 9780739472910 0739472917 0060759747 9780060759742
OCLC Number: 61770492
Description: 243 p. : port. ; 19 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
The spirit of Mozart --
The hands of Haydn --
The creature of Prometheus --
The cold dungeon --
The immortal beloved --
The mountains of the mind --
The raven mother --
The other side of silence --
Valedictory --
Epilogue --
Glossary of musical terms.
Series Title: Eminent lives.
Responsibility: Edmund Morris.
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Beethoven was a genius so universal that his popularity, extraordinary even during his lifetime, has never ceased to grow. It now encircles the globe: Beethoven's most famous works are as beloved in Beijing as they are in Boston. Biographer Morris brings the composer to life as a man of astonishing complexity and overpowering intelligence. A gigantic, compulsively creative personality unable to tolerate constraints, he was not so much a social rebel as an astute manipulator of powerful and privileged aristocrats, at a time when their world was threatened by the rise of Napoleon. Struggling against progressive, incurable deafness (which he desperately tried to keep secret), he nonetheless produced towering masterpieces. Morris illuminates Beethoven's life, including his interactions with the women he privately lusted for but held at bay, and his work, whose grandeur and beauty were conceived "on the other side of silence."--From publisher description.

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