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Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

 
 
Author
Jan Swafford.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 2.1 inches
ISBN 9780618054749
Pages/Publication Date 1077/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61121
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(A New York Times Editor's Choice) Over the past century and a half, Ludwig van Beethoven has become such an iconic figure that the historical reality of the composer has become lost to us, suggests Jan Swafford, who is himself a composer, as well as the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award nominee Charles Ives: A Life with Music. For this bestselling biography, Swafford delved into rare archival materials to re-create the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn—where the young Beethoven was exposed to ideas that would shape his future work—and Vienna, where he built his career in the face of critical incomprehension, ill health, romantic rejection, and his ever-encroaching deafness.

"Impassioned and informed...Swafford's exuberance is infectious, prompting the reader to revisit works both famous and obscure."—The New Yorker

"Swafford's craftsmanship shines.... The book is two books: a biography and a series of journeys through the music, a travelogue with an excitable professor. Readers will want to have a recording playing so they can match metaphors to sounds. I found myself engaged by his imagery, sometimes delighted and surprised."–Jeremy Denk, NYTBR

 
 
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