The Life of Beethoven

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 19, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
Beethoven was an inspired composer but he was also a working musician with sound commercial sense. David Wyn Jones's account of Beethoven the man and composer reveals the life of a creative musician in Bonn and Vienna in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. While paying due regard to the image of Beethoven as one of the most single-minded composers in the history of music, this biography places his work in the context of the musical life of the period. Through an understanding of the changing nature of musical patronage, the private and public concert, the impact of the Napoleonic Wars on culture and society, and the increasing ambition of musical life in the period after the end of the wars, a varied and dynamic picture of Beethoven's musical career emerges.
 

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Contents

The young courtier
1
A new career in Vienna
28
Cursing his creator and his existence
55
Drama and symphony
74
Patrons and patriotism
102
Empires of the mind
125
Towards a public comeback
144
Facing death
171
Notes
184
Annotated Bibliography
191
Index
194
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