Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

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Faber & Faber, 2014 - Composers - 1077 pages
This book is a biography of Beethoven the man and musician, not the myth, and throughout, Swafford - himself a composer - offers insightful readings of Beethoven's key works. More than a decade in the making, this will be the standard Beethoven biography for years to come.

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User Review  - BooksForDinner - LibraryThing

Read this in and out over a number of months this past year. The best of the Beethoven biographies I've read. Very much like the Brahms bio—straight ahead, not much supposition or invention, very ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keith.G.Richie - LibraryThing

What more can you say about a 1000 page book than - I wish it were longer! Simply superb. As an aside, I read Edmund Morris' review in the NYT Book Review. Having read Morris' bio of Beethoven, I ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Jan Swafford (born 1946) is a writer and broadcaster, and the award-winning author of biographies of Charles Ives, Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as The Vintage Guide to Classical Music. He is also a composer, and teaches composition, theory and music history at The Boston Conservatory. He studied at Harvard and the Yale School of Music.

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