The Beethoven Obsession (Paperback)
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The Beethoven Obsession (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 30/11/2013
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The Beethoven Obsession is the story of how the greatest piano music ever written acquired a unique Australian voice, played on a revolutionary grand piano. It is a fast-paced drama of frustration, envy, rivalry, struggle and success, starring a self-taught child prodigy who sold condoms and contraband to advance his studies; a fanatical inventor who took apart pianos as a child to examine their `gizzards'; and a TV cameraman who became a music entrepreneur to translate the music he loved into an Australian first.

Their unorthodox, historic odyssey created multi-award-winning, best-selling albums and changed their lives forever.

Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
ISBN: 9781742233956
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 210 x 135 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Here is the classic story of success against all odds but with a remarkable twist that takes the reader into unexplored territory." --Gerald Stone


"A magnificent journey ... a very Australian story and yet also universal." --Michael Kirby


"This is a story of not one but four obsessives: a concert pianist, a would-be pianist (the author), a piano-builder and the master composer, Beethoven himself. Their lives intertwine in surprising and intriguing ways, across the centuries and across the oceans. From Vienna to the Tasmanian wilderness, from Kingaroy in Queensland to Tilburg in the Netherlands, this intricately researched tale of obsession with pianos and piano music carries a wealth of human interest and musical intrigue. Ward achieves at least three remarkable things in this book. First, using direct, authentic and uncomplicated language, he manages to explore some extremely deep aspects of musical performance and interpretation that in less caring hands become mired in complexity. Second, in exploring his own fixation with Beethoven's piano music, he manages to weave an entertaining fabric made not from his own life, but more significantly from the important people and influences in it. Third, Ward doesn't hesitate to include opinions and reactions opposing his own, establishing his value as a true and selfless chronicler. Aside from all that, it's simply a great read." --Carl Vine, composer, pianist and Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia

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