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This account of Beethoven reveals the life and times of a creative musician in Bonn and Vienna in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. While paying due regard to the image of Beethoven as one of the most single-minded composers in the history of music, this biography places his work in the context of the musical life of the period. Through an understanding of the changing nature of musical patronage, the private and public concert, the impact of the Napoleonic Wars on culture and society--in addition to the effects of Beethoven's increasing deafness and his difficult relationships with both patrons and the musical institutions of the day--a varied and dynamic picture of the life and career of the musical genius emerges.Read more
- Balances the traditional view of Beethoven the inspired genius with a picture of Beethoven the working musician
- Contains information on particular patrons and first performances of works
- Based on contemporary documentation rather than the largely anecdotal heritage
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- Date Published: December 1998
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521560191
- length: 218 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The young courtier
2. A new career in Vienna
3. Cursing his creator and his existence
4. Drama and symphony
5. Patrons and patriotism
6. Empires of the mind
7. Towards a public comeback
8. Facing death.
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