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Ludwig Van Beethoven

Composer's World S.

By (author) Wendy Thompson
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Oct 1990
Dimensions: w 200mm h 265mm
Interest age: 10+
ISBN-10: 057151135X
ISBN-13: 9780571511358
Barcode No: 9780571511358
Synopsis
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in 1770. Just over two decades later, the whole of Europe watched, horrifed, as first the King, then the Queen of France went to the guillotine. The Age of Revolution had arrived. Beethoven's music reflects the violence, passion, struggle and upheaval, as well as the quest for personal and spiritual fulfilment, of those times. By placing Beethoven within his historical and social context this new biography recreates the life of this passionate, controversial genius in words, pictures and music. The relaxed, conversational writing style will appeal to readers from ten upwards. The book includes extracts from some of Beethoven's most famous works (such as the 3rd, 5th and 9th symphonies, the "Emperor" piano concerto and the "Moonlight" sonata), in simple keyboard arrangements.

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In the "Composer's World" series, an adequate summary of the great composer's life. Thompson, a musicologist, writes intelligently about Beethoven's music, but fails to bring the tempestuous man to life in her dry account of his experiences, touching only lightly on such a major event as his deafness and reporting, for example, that he hated both his sisters-in-law without further explanation or examining the merits of his opinion. But the accompanying visuals are relevant, useful, and combined to create a handsome format: historical portraits and other illustrations, reproduced in color; manuscripts used as backdrops for text or other illustration. Several excerpts from the music, easily played on the piano, are also an excellent inclusion, though more scrupulous notes about how they have been abbreviated and/or transcribed would have been appropriate. Attractive and serviceable. (Kirkus Reviews)