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Oxford University Press, Oct 8, 2008 - Music - 464 pages
The connections between a great artist's life and work are subtle, complex, and often highly revealing. In the case of Beethoven, however, the standard approach has been to treat his life and his art separately. Now, Barry Cooper's new volume incorporates the latest international research on many aspects of the composer's life and work and presents these in a truly integrated narrative. Cooper employs a strictly chronological approach that enables each work to be seen against the musical and biographical background from which it emerged. The result is a much closer confluence of life and work than is usually achieved, for two reasons. First, composition was Beethoven's central preoccupation for most of his life: "I live entirely in my music," he once wrote. Second, recent study of his many musical sketches has enabled a much clearer picture of his everyday compositional activity than was previously possible, leading to rich new insights into the interaction between his life and music. This volume concentrates on Beethoven's artistic achievements both by examining the origins of his works and by expert commentary on some of their most striking and original features. It also reexamines virtually all the evidence--from fictitious anecdotes right down to the translations of individual German words--to avoid recycling old errors. And it offers numerous new details derived from sketch studies and a new edition of Beethoven's correspondence. Offering a wealth of fresh conclusions and intertwining life and work in illuminating ways, Beethoven will establish itself as the reference on one of the world's greatest composers.

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Over the past 30 years, much scholarly research has been conducted on Beethoven's correspondence and his music sketchbooks. Cooper (music, Univ. of Manchester, UK; Beethoven and the Creative Process ... Read full review

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the book was really good, I loved learning about one of the biggest names in music, if you want to read it then it might take a while but its only 1824 pages but its worth it.
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Financial Security? 180910
Immortal Beloved 181112
The Political Phase 181315
Declining Productivity 181517
Gigantism 181820
Completion of the Mass 18202
Completion of the Ninth 18224
End of an Era 18247

Wider Horizons 17968
First Quartets and First Symphony 17991800
Hope and Despair 18012
After Heiligenstadt 18023
Lamour conjugal 18046
A Cluster of Masterpieces 18068
Appendices A Calendar
B List of Works
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Barry Cooper is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Manchester and author of Beethoven and the Creative Process and Beethoven's Folksong Settings.

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