Beethoven

Beethoven Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven s life and music this edition takes into account the latest information and literature Includes a page bibliographical essay

  • Title: Beethoven
  • Author: Maynard Solomon
  • ISBN: 9780825672682
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven s life and music, this edition takes into account the latest information and literature Includes a 30 page bibliographical essay, numerous illustrations, and a full color pictorial biography of the composer.

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    1. I am obsessed with Beethoven for reasons I don't fully understand. I'm not musically inclined and I didn't develop a love for classical music until later in life. But Beethoven's music moves me deeply and I decided I had to know the man behind it. This book brought him to life for me. For those who are not obsessed, it would seem boring, but to me, it was like gaining deeper knowledge of someone I already love. A bit like reading a grandmother's diary, only far more disturbing. It brought him do [...]

    2. I liked this biography far less than that of Jan Swafford. I found it a bit dry in style and sometimes bogged down in musical scores. It is highly revered I believe but for the non-musician, it is not always easy to follow or fun to read. I did not find that it provided me more insight than Swafford had so enjoyed reading it far less.

    3. If you wish to preserve your view of Beethoven, the genius who lived a perfect - trouble free life, do not read this book.The struggle . Was real.

    4. BEETHOVEN. (1977). Maynard Solomon. ****.The author has managed to weave an excellent biography of his subject together with an analysis of his works into one work. Other than highlights that one learns from jacket covers, I didn’t know much about this composer – arguably the greatest one that formed our world of classical music. What we get in this work, however, is more than a listing of events in the artist’s life, but an in-depth explanation of these several key events and their effect [...]

    5. I'd give this biography 3 and a half stars for it's insight into Beethoven's behavior and character. Beethoven was a musical genius. He has an important role in classicism and romanticism in Germany. His music is revolutionary. I like Beethoven's late string quartets and his piano concertos. The composer was a very interesting character.

    6. One of the best biographies of a musician ever written. Solomon's solution of the "Immortal Beloved" puzzle is a brilliant piece of detective work.

    7. This is about as complete a biography of Beethoven as you are going to get. Unless you have a degree in music some of it will probably go in one ear and out the other, but that's not the end of the world. (Honestly, though, it did get boring at times.) The author offers up a plethora of information, much of which would have been better left to the end notes. A note for non-historians here: writing a historical work does not mean that every date and name must be included in the text - oh hell no. [...]

    8. Firstly an admission, I have no prior knowledge of Beethoven other than I enjoy listening to his music. That said I enjoyed this book although I had problems getting around some of the technical details in regards to his music. I bought this book some time ago but only got around to reading it after watching the video `Immortal Beloved'. This book answered a number of questions for me and certainly provided a deep and interesting look at the man behind the music I love so much. The author has br [...]

    9. Lots of psychoanalysis. I'm sure some of Solomon's Freudian conclusions are debatable, but he did a good (or appeared to a good) job of giving plenty of support for them, and it made the book very fascinating and quick to read. Solomon also is not the most "objective" author (refering to Beethoven as "Vienna's greatest composer" several times, just as a small example), but show me an objective biography and I'll show you a perfect circle. This book just drove home the point that an artist's psyc [...]

    10. Reading this was like watching paint dry. No, watching paint is much more exciting. I didn't expect the book to be entertaining, just interesting. One star for existing, one star for informing. That's it.

    11. (ancora ai primi capitoli) mi trovo a dover ridefinire le mie attese da questo libro, molto alte dato il valore enorme del "Bach", e nuovamente mi trovo di fronte al difficile compito di separare un'opera dall'autore, o meglio di rileggere un autore alla luce della completezza delle sue opere. Per ora c'è troppo autore e poca opera, cosa non malvagia in sè, ma quell'impeto incontrollato che muove l'autore troppo s'avvicina ad uno sfogo estremo, impulsivo, estremamente personale è quello che m [...]

    12. This is the second edition of Solomon's biography of Beethoven and it is an improvement in terms of both analysis and lucidity.The book is written from a psychoanalytic point of view that all may not find convincing. However, the rudiments of Mr. Solomon's analysis, in terms of tracing Beethoven's life problems, his difficulties with women, with peers, and with himself to his childhood experiences probably transcends any specific psychological dogma and is insightful.The book is a biography rath [...]

    13. This thorough and probing biography of Beethoven was fascinating from beginning to end. Solomon takes on both the facts of Beethoven's life and a deep, thoughtful analysis of the composer's psyche, artistic life, and socio-political context. he takes on both the inner and outer forces in Beethoven's life and thus succeeds in presenting a complex and finely nuanced portrait of the composer as a full person rather than the great, misunderstood artist of myth and legend. Solomon definitely does not [...]

    14. 425 pages with photos and illustrations of the city he grew up, the various cities and towns he lived and worked in as well as reliable accounts of his state of mind during his increasing loss of hearing, depression and ailment of his bowel, most likely due to ulcers from stress and lead poisoning. The book also describes his love of nature and how he based much of his music on birdsong, the sound of wind through trees, thunderstorms, and the lovliness of the seasons. Letters he wrote but never [...]

    15. Solomon really achieved the remarkable with this biography, and I hold no doubts as to why it's as well regarded as it is. Unfortunately though, unless you have a very thorough knowledge of all of Beethoven's works (that is, could sing the primary and secondary themes to what feels like every movement of every Beethoven work off the top of your head right nowd I certainly can't), you can find yourself struggling to grasp his insights as firmly as he does. Not to say that you'll be constantly run [...]

    16. First of all, if you want to read a book in a reasonable amount of time, do NOT fall in love shortly after starting the book!As for the book itself, it is NOT for the casual reader. To fully appreciate it, you would have to be a composer and/or serious musician, or at least a hard-corps music aficionado. The book is quite pedantic at times, and resorts to some very bombastic prose in parts. And to add to the fun, there are many pages of highly speculative psychoanalysis of Beethoven, attempting [...]

    17. Solomon psychoanalyzes Beethoven. I'm buying it because documentation about the man is poor, and I find Solomon's extrapolations persuasive. At the same time, to repeat, documentation is poor, and the resulting gaps are unsatisfying. He takes a creditable stab at unmasking The Immortal Beloved via some fairly dazzling detective work. Beethoven was a genius, but hardly a hero. The way he treated his nephew was reprehensible, probably driving the poor guy to suicide. Honestly, though, it was prett [...]

    18. Since this is a rather scholarly biography, I can't use the same criterion when rating it that I used for most of the other books I've read recently. It wasn't gripping (obviously, since it took me almost two month to read). But it was interesting and very well-written and researchedwhich are musts when it comes to this type of book. I will admit to even being fascinated during a few of the chapters. A great study into the life and music of Beethoven. It brought back fun memories from Music 303! [...]

    19. I liked finding out more detail about Beethoven's life than I had learned from some audio courses. Some of the technical music analysis was well beyond my expertise to comprehend. The psychoanalysis was presented as possible explanations or motivations but I wonder if it would be better to present the information and allow people to draw their own conclusions. I'm glad that I am not famous as I would be aghast that professionals would draw so many conclusions from what seems to be a small amount [...]

    20. Until I read this book, I thought that I might be more compatible, or like to date, Beethoven over Mozart. (I read Solomon's Mozart biography previously.) But after reading this, I don't think so. Wow, such brilliant music, and such a troubled mind. At least in terms of relationships. Interesting the way the author alternates chapters describing his life with those describing the music he wrote during those periods. Made me want to listen to all his music with the book in hand. Very well researc [...]

    21. This is actually the updated version of the first Beethoven book I read. It's the one that "got me hooked" on classical music as well as the life and times and Beethoven and his contemporaries. The images were abundant, and the biography was thorough, well-written and absolutely captivating. I felt as if I knew the man. It's still my favorite biography on Beethoven, and I plan on reading it again.

    22. I can't comment on Solomon's historical/musical interpretation because I don't know much of Beethoven (or Classical music for that matter), but I appreciated how the story flowed.From what he presents, his research is conclusive, and gives the reader a precise image of Beethoven's, to the greatest extend possible. A quick easy read for the casual Beethoven fan who's not familiar with his musical compositions.

    23. A convincing portrait of a difficult man. Solomon's uses Freud's "Family Romance" to explain Beethoven's fraught relationships with women, his nephew, brothers, patrons and public. I feel I have a better understanding of Beethoven's growth as a composer -- of the musical problems he set for himself to solve. And I have the embarrassing yet delicious awareness that there's so much of his music that I haven't yet heard.

    24. I don't know if I would give this a 4 anymore but when I read it for my Beethoven class freshman year I couldn't get enough of it. I remember it as a little bit dry, but it wove musical analysis into a standard biography in a really natural way and I definitely learned a ton. What a sad person Beethoven was. Everybody seemed sad back then. I sort of would like to reread this just to re-enhance the experience of listening to Beethoven, especially the non-symphonies.

    25. Solomon's biography of Mozart was excellent, so I was looking forward to reading this, and I wasn't disappointed. What I liked about both books was less the psychoanalytic emphasis (which was sometimes insightful and other times has to be taken cum grano salis) but the way he integrates the life and music with the history and culture of the period.

    26. If you want to read this book, it helps to have some good recordings of the pieces Solomon refers to in the book, or at least some of the music reflecting the time periods he divides the book into. I'm looking forward to having the energy to read his book on Mozart someday -- it's a little hard to focus on anything with two babies!

    27. I enjoyed most of the purely biographical sections of this book, but i felt like killing myself every time the discussion switched to the music. I could pick any random sentence and say to you"huh?" and "will I remember and / or care about this after finishing this book?" I apologize to all those who get the musical and psychological stuff and appreciate it. It was just too much for me.

    28. Very readable biography of Beethoven, especially interesting if one wants a psychological interpretation of his life and its effects upon his work. Solomon integrates Beethoven's life chronology with individual compositions in a way that given me greater appreciation for how groups of compositions are similar depending on when they were composed.

    29. Considered one of the (if not The) definite bio of the Lovely Ludwig. It took me several installments, as my attention was always called away by another book or three, but I was glad I finally saw it through. I've always been a big fan of the music. To learn, as much as is possible, about the life of the man responsible was a treat, even if that man was no treat to know on a personal level.

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