Beethoven: The Music and the Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 604 pages
A fresh look at Beethoven's life, career, and milieu highlighting his development as a composer. In this brilliant portrayal of the world's most famous composer, eminent Beethoven scholar Lewis Lockwood interweaves his subject's musical and biographical dimensions and places them in their historical and artistic contexts. Written for the lay reader, the book describes the special problems Beethoven faced as a highly gifted artist who fulfilled his destiny as Mozart's main successor while remaining a true, rebellious original. It sketches the turbulent personal, historical, political, and cultural frameworks in which Beethoven worked and demonstrates their effects on his music. Finally, it turns to the composer in his last years, with great achievements behind him, surmounting the crisis of finding still further artistic paths by which to continue. Also, by providing glimpses into the composer's sketchbooks and autograph manuscripts, Lockwood allows us to gain substantial insights into Beethoven's compositional methods. In a publishing first, musically literate readers will find some one hundred notated music examples on a special Web site. 50 illustrations, 8 music examples.
 

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An outstanding new survey of the great composer's life and works, marred slightly by gimmickry.Lockwood (Music Emeritus/Harvard) does a superb job synthesizing the painful details of Beethoven's ... Read full review

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Contents

VII
25
VIII
31
IX
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X
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XI
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XII
46
XIII
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XIV
50
LX
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LXI
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LXII
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LXIII
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LXIV
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LXV
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LXVI
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LXVII
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XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XXV
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XXVII
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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XXXVI
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XXXVII
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XXXVIII
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XXXIX
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XLI
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XLIII
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XLIV
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XLVI
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XLIX
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L
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LIII
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LIV
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LV
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LVI
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LVII
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LVIII
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LIX
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LXVIII
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LXIX
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LXX
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LXXI
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LXXII
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LXXIII
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LXXIV
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LXXV
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LXXVI
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LXXVII
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LXXVIII
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LXXIX
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LXXX
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LXXXI
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LXXXII
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LXXXIII
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LXXXIV
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LXXXV
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LXXXVI
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LXXXVII
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LXXXVIII
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LXXXIX
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XCI
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XCII
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XCIII
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XCV
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XCVI
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XCVII
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XCIX
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C
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CII
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CIII
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About the author (2003)

Lewis Lockwood taught at Princeton and Harvard universities, where he is Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Emeritus. His Beethoven: The Music and the Life was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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