RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 31602 LA English T1 Beethoven. A1 Rolland, Romain,, Hull, B. Constance, Hull, A. Eaglefield, PB Books for Libraries Press PP Freeport, N.Y. YR 1969 SN 0836950771 9780836950779 AB M. Romain Rolland in his excellent little study has traced the tragedy of Beethoven's life and experience, and its culmination in a kind of liberation of his spirit from the bonds of mortality; he has shown how this connects up with the composer's strong sentiment of democracy and sympathy with the suffering masses; and how it leads to the utterance of that strange sense of joy which penetrates and suffuses his later work. In all these respects M. Rolland regards Beethoven as one of the greatest benefactors of humanity. On the other hand our author builds in the picture of Beethoven's life and character with a great number of small touches derived from all sorts of writers and biographers -- and so succeeds in giving a life-like impression of his personality. - Introduction.