Beethoven Essays (Paperback)
  • Beethoven Essays (Paperback)
zoom

Beethoven Essays (Paperback)

(author)
£35.95
Paperback 384 Pages
Published: 01/10/1990
Notify me when available

Stay one step ahead and let us notify you when this item is next available to order.

Maynard Solomon is the author of a classic biography of Beethoven which has become a standard work throughout the world, having been translated into seven languages. In Beethoven Essays, he continues his exploration of Beethoven’s inner life, visionary outlook, and creativity, in a series of profound studies of this colossal figure of our civilization.

Solomon deftly fuses a variety of investigative approaches, from rigorous historical and ideological studies to imaginative musical and psychoanalytic speculations. Thus, after closely documenting Beethoven’s birth and illegitimacy fantasies, his “Family Romance,” and his pretense of nobility, Solomon offers extraordinary interpretations of the composer’s dreams, deafness, and obsessive relationship to his nephew. And, following his detailed uncovering of a complex network of recurrent patterns in the Ninth Symphony, he considers the narrative and mythic implications of Beethoven’s formal design.

Solomon examines the broad patterns of Beethoven’s creative evolution and processes of composition, the radical modernism of his music, and his intellectual, religious, and utopian strivings. A separate section on the “Immortal Beloved” includes the fullest biography of Antonia Brentano yet published. Closing the volume is Solomon’s translation and annotated edition of Beethoven’s Tagebuch, the moving, intimate diary that the composer kept during the critical period that culminated in his last style. Here, as throughout Beethoven Essays, Solomon offers scholarship that is at the cutting edge of Beethoven research.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674063792
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Solomon’s most important achievement is to demonstrate with astonishing clarity the connection between psychological dramas of the life and the stylistic transformations of the music… Solomon’s vision of the life has all the energy and reflection of the music itself. - Edward Rothstein, New Republic

The Essays share with [Solomon’s biography of Beethoven] the Enlightenment qualities of reasonableness, humour, learning, lucidity… Intellectually challenging contributions that illustrate so compellingly the ‘overlappings’ between life and works and delineate the extent to which even genius must finally be comprehended as a product of its time and circumstances. - Theodore Ziolkowski, Times Literary Supplement

Solomon writes knowledgeably, clearly and forcefully. The book is highly and warmly recommended to anyone interested in Beethoven. - F. E. Kirby, Music Teacher

Solomon’s greatest achievement…has been to chart a course of discovery by exacting musicological principles and sail it home. - Donal Henahan, New York Times Book Review

Solomon has put the entire field on a new footing. This book is a major contribution to Beethoven studies and to current work in artistic biography. - Lewis Lockwood

You may also be interested in...

The Lyrics
Added to basket
£22.00   £17.99
Paperback
My Effin' Life
Added to basket
£30.00   £25.99
Hardback
All You Need Is Love
Added to basket
£25.00   £21.99
Hardback
A Head Full of Music
Added to basket
Just Kids
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Quartet
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
Karma
Added to basket
£22.00   £16.99
Hardback
Official ABBA Photobook
Added to basket
£30.00
Hardback
How To Be Invisible
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Storyteller
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Finding My Voice
Added to basket
£22.00
Hardback
Rememberings
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Will
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Living the Beatles Legend
Added to basket
Paused in Cosmic Reflection
Added to basket
£30.00   £24.99
Hardback
Under A Rock
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: