By Lewis Lockwood
An authoritative paintings providing a clean examine Beethoven’s lifestyles, occupation, and milieu. “Magisterial” —New York evaluate of Books.
This excellent portrayal weaves Beethoven's musical and biographical tales into their old and creative contexts. Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent own, old, political, and cultural frameworks within which Beethoven labored and examines their results on his track. "The result's that rarest of achievements, a profoundly humane paintings of scholarship that will—or at the least should—appeal to experts and generalists in equivalent degree" (Terry Teachout, Commentary). Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "Lewis Lockwood has written a biography of Beethoven within which the hours that Beethoven spent writing music—that is, his equipment of operating, his curiosity in modern and prior composers, the advance of his musical intentions and beliefs, his internal musical lifestyles, in short—have been adequately built-in with the exterior occasions of his profession. The ebook is invaluable." —Charles Rosen "Lockwood writes with poetry and clarity—a infrequent mixture. I specially loved the relationship that he makes among the works of Beethoven and the social and political context in their creation—we believe toward Beethoven the fellow with out wasting our ask yourself at his genius." —Emanuel Ax "The magnum opus of an illustrious Beethoven student. any further, we are going to all flip to Lockwood's Beethoven: The track and the Life for perception and instruction." —Maynard Solomon "This is really the Beethoven biography for the clever reader. Lewis Lockwood speaks in his preface of writing on Beethoven's works at 'a hugely obtainable descriptive level.' yet he is going past that. His dialogue of the tune, in keeping with a deep wisdom of its context and the composition strategies at the back of it, explains, elucidates, and isn't afraid to judge; whereas the biographical chapters, basically and unfussily written, and taking complete account of the most recent pondering on Beethoven, align heavily with the musical dialogue. the result's a deeply perceptive publication that comes as shut as could be to providing the fellow and the tune as a unity."—Stanley Sadie, editor, The New Grove Dictionary of tune and Musicians "Impressive for either its scholarship and its clean insights, this landmark work—fully obtainable to the amateur—immediately takes its position one of the crucial references in this composer and his music."—Bob Goldfarb, KUSC-FM 91.5 "Lockwood writes like an angel: lucid, enthusiastic, stirring and enlightening. Beethoven has chanced on his ablest interpreter."—Jonathan Keates, The Spectator "There isn't any higher survey of Beethoven's compositions for a large audience."—Michael Kimmelman, The manhattan occasions publication Review
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Beethoven: The Music and the Life by Lewis Lockwood