Beethoven: The Universal Composer

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
3 Reviews

“Brilliant....This book is a perfect marriage—or should one say, duet—of subject and author, every word as masterly as the notes of the artist it illuminates.” — Christopher Buckley, Forbes

“This is not just criticism but poetry in itself, with the additional—and inestimable—merit of being true.” — Washington Post Book World

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, Dutch) is one of America’s most distinguished biographers, known for his rich, compulsively readable prose style. His biography of Beethoven, one of the most admired composers in the history of music, is above all a study of genius in action, of one of the few giants of Western culture. Beethoven is another engaging entry in the HarperCollins’ “Eminent Lives” series of biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figures.

 

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User Review  - WorldInColour - LibraryThing

Mainly interesting because it's about the fascinating figure of Beethoven. Morris seems to revel in the technical details of the works, but I'm not really an expert so those passages were lost to me ... Read full review

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User Review  - billiecat - LibraryThing

A good, short biography. The Eminent Lives series is intended to be briefer and present "strong points of view" for the general reader, not scholarly works. If you want a more complete work, you ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Spirit of Mozart
11
The Hands of Haydn
49
The Creature of Prometheus
77
The Raven Mother
175
The Other Side of Silence
195
Copyright

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Edmund Morris is the author of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award), Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, and Theodore Rex (Los Angeles Times Book Prize). A pianist and private scholar of music, he has been studying Beethoven for a half century.

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