Beethoven: The Man Revealed (Hardback)
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Beethoven: The Man Revealed (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 04/10/2012
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It is perhaps more true of Beethoven than any other composer that if you know what is going on in his life, you listen to his music through different ears. Ludwig van Beethoven's life - its dramas, conflicts, loves and losses, his deafness coupled with continuous health problems, his epic struggle with his sister-in-law for sole custody of her son, his nephew - is played out in his music. Now John Suchet has portrayed the real man behind the music in this compelling biography of a musical genius. He reveals a difficult and complex character, struggling to continue his profession as musician despite increasing deafness, alienating friends with unprovoked outbursts of anger one moment, overwhelming them with excessive kindness and generosity the next, living in a city in almost constant disarray because of war with France. This is not the god-like immortal portrayed in statues and paintings in heroic pose garlanded with laurel leaves. Beethoven may have been one of the greatest artists who ever lived, but he was still a man who had to live among fellow mortals, eat and drink, fall in love, pay his rent. This is the real Beethoven, and Suchet brings him effortlessly to life.

Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
ISBN: 9781907642791

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This was a brilliant read, very well written giving a detailed and inspired insight into one of the great composers. I bought this as a gift but am now getting a copy for myself, John Suchet has compiled his knowledge... More

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5th November 2012
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“Can't put it down”

John Suchets book gives a fascinating insight into the life and temprament of possibly the worlds greatest ever composer. How could such a seemingly disfunctional person as Beethovan produce the fantastic music he... More

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9th February 2013
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is no too academic and yet has plenty of substance. It does what is says - reveals the man.

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