Beethoven: The Music and the Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 604 pages
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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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Lewis Lockwood's "Beethoven: the Music and the Life" (2003)is an outstanding introduction to Beethoven, aimed at the nonspecialist rather than the scholar. Those readers who are new to Beethoven's ... Read full review

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User Review  - James F - Goodreads

Not really a biography, although it has biographical chapters; basically, a chronological discussion of the works. Read full review

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Lewis Lockwood taught at PrincetonUniversity and Harvard, where heis Fanny Peabody Professor of MusicEmeritus. His Beethoven: The Music andthe Life was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Helives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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