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2020 marks 250 years since Beethoven's birth
Ludwig van Beethoven: to some, simply the greatest ever composer of Western classical music. Yet his life remains shrouded in myths, and the image persists of him as an eccentric genius shaking his fist at heaven.
Beethoven by Oxford professor Laura Tunbridge cuts through the noise in a refreshing way. Each chapter focuses on a period of his life, a piece of music and a revealing theme, from family to friends, from heroism to liberty. It's a winning combination of rich biographical detail, insight into the music and surprising new angles, all of which can transform how you listen to his works. We discover, for example, Beethoven's oddly modern talent for self-promotion, how he was influenced by factors from European wars to instrument building, and how he was heard by contemporaries.
This tour de force - published for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth - provides a fresh overview and a wealth of material that has never been revealed to the wider public before. It's a compelling, human portrayal of Beethoven and a fascinating journey into one of the world's most amazing creative minds.
'We are doubly blessed that Beethoven should have led such an extraordinary life. Laura has combined the two - the genius of his music and the richness of his experiences - to shine a revealing light on our greatest composer'
'Tunbridge has come up with the seemingly impossible: a new way of approaching Beethoven's life and music. . . profoundly original and hugely readable'
John Suchet, author Beethoven: The Man Revealed
'This well researched and accessible book is a must read for all who seek to know more about the flesh and blood tangible Beethoven.'
John Clubbe, author of Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary
'This book is really wonderful! ... However many books on Beethoven you own, find the space for one more. This one'
Stephen Hough, pianist, composer, writer
'In a year when everyone's looking for a new take on Beethoven, Laura Tunbridge has found nine. ...Fresh and engaging'
Norman Lebrecht, author of Genius and Anxiety
'Remarkable . . . she captures the essence of his genius and character. I'll always want to keep it in easy reach'
Julia Boyd, author of Travellers in the third Reich
This German composer made his mark in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in classical music. Even those who can't name any of his works have heard his compositions somewhere in the world.
Ludwig van Beethoven was possibly the most influential composer in the history of classical music, making it very hard to choose just 20 of his greatest works (I'm putting in an honourable mention now for the lovely 'Moonlight' Sonata and Für Elise !).
Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers who ever lived, was born in December 1770 in Bonn, Germany, to a musical family.
Amongst his last view visitors was the younger composer Franz Schubert, who had been deeply inspired by Beethoven. Beethoven, in return, expressed great admiration for the works of Schubert and said of him "Schubert has my soul." Beethoven's last words were reported to be ...
Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world's most famous and influential composers of classical music.