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Ludwig Van Beethoven [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Jeremy Siepmann , Bob Peck

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Book Description

Jan. 1 2003 Life and Works (Naxos)
For many people, Beethoven is the greatest composer who ever lived. In this portrait-in-sound, actors' readings combine with his music to reveal a titanic personality, vulnerable and belligerent, comic and tragic, and above all heroic, as he comes to grips with perhaps the greatest disability a musician can suffer. No man's music is more universal; few men's lives are more inspiring. In every sense but one his modest height he was a giant.

The great bonus of this audio-biography is that the development of Beethoven's music can be heard in the context of his life. What did he write in those early, ambitious years when he was at the peak of his musical powers? What did he write when beset with anxiety over his failing hearing? And what was the music that insisted on pouring out of him, even though he couldn't hear it himself? Jeremy Siepmann draws us into the private world of Ludwig van Beethoven, with the composer portrayed with such rugged vividness by Bob Peck.

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos (Jan. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843790912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843790914
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 13.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 367 g

Product Description

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—Siepmann begins each biography by introducing the musician and describes the social and political climate in which the man lived. Seven or eight chapters follow, each separated by a five-page interlude tying the texts to the CDs. Primary-source material is included (quotations, letters, writings, journals), which makes these volumes valuable for study and research. Each book ends with the same chapter, "Eighteenth-Century Background," looking in detail at politics and cultural milieus; Beethoven also has a chapter looking ahead to what the 19th century would bring. "Personalities" offers 10 pages of mini-biographies of family and colleagues. Though these volumes are not glitzy or bold in design, they are readable and very thorough additions to music shelves.—Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jeremy Siepmann is an internationally acclaimed writer, musician, teacher and broadcaster, and the editor of Piano magazine. He has contributed articles, reviews and interviews to numerous journals and reference works, including The New Statesman, The Musical Times, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. His previous books include a widely praised biography of Chopin, two volumes on the history and literature of the piano, and biographies of Brahms and Beethoven. www.jeremysiepmann.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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