Musical Lives: The Life of Beethoven (Hardback)
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Musical Lives: The Life of Beethoven (Hardback)

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Hardback 218 Pages / Published: 19/11/1998
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'My compositions bring me in a good deal ... I state my price and they pay.' Beethoven was an inspired composer but he was also a working musician with sound commercial sense. David Wyn Jones's account of Beethoven the man and composer reveals the life 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, and the increasing ambition of musical life in the period after the end of the wars, a varied and dynamic picture of Beethoven's musical career emerges.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521560191
Number of pages: 218
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm


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'The Life of Beethoven by David Wyn Jones in the Cambridge Musical Lives series is so clear to a non-specialist and so elegant as it weaves the public and private lives together, that I intend to get all the other books in the series.' Antonia Fraser, The Sunday Times
'Here, at last, is a Beethoven who behaves like a real composer. That he does so is thanks to the careful accumulation of circumstantial detail with which Wyn Jones, a dispassionate and even-handed historian, fleshes out his subject's life.' BBC Music Magazine
' ... this book gives a better, more rounded picture of the Viennese environment in Beethoven's years there than any other Beethoven biography I know.' The Times Literary Supplement
' ... Jones brilliantly fulfills his promise to contextualize Beethoven ... No matter how smart about Beethoven you think you are you will find something of use here. And you will also be entertained. Jones is to be much congratulated. There is a real need for a short biography that is rich in context: Jones has filled the void.' The Beethoven Journal

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