Beethoven

Beethoven

Anguish and Triumph : A Biography

Book - 2014
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An esteemed music historian provides a rich, detailed overview of the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, traveling from Enlightenment-era Bonn to the musical capital of Europe, Vienna, to vividly describe the composer's career, ill health and romantic rejections.
Publisher: New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 9780618054749
061805474X
Branch Call Number: B BEETHOVEN
Characteristics: xxi, 1077 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm

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Jul 19, 2015

At over 900 pages, the book might seem somewhat overwhelming if it were not so interesting and well written, with the exception of some puzzling syntax at times.

I do admit to skimming some of the technical explications of musical composition that were beyond my comprehension.
In addition to the text, the book includes a lengthy bibliography, exhaustive endnotes, many with interesting commentary, and an index that is elegant, well constructed, and generally thorough.

I think it would have been useful if the book had included an appendix of the works discussed in the text, at least those discussed in some length, along with their opus numbers and dates of composition.

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