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Oxford University Press, USA, Nov 30, 2000 - 426 pages
This major new study of Beethoven and his music is written as a single, continuous narrative, using a strictly chronological approach that enables each work to be seen against the musical and biographical background from which it emerged. The result is a much closer integration of life and works than is often achieved. The approach works particularly well for Beethoven for two reasons. Firstly, composition was his central preoccupation for most of his life: 'I live entirely in my music', he once wrote. Secondly, recent study of his large numbers of musical sketches has enabled a much clearer picture of his everyday compositional activity than was previously possible, leading to many new insights into the interaction between his life and music. The volume concentrates on Beethoven's artistic achievements both by examining the origins of his works and by commentary on some of their most striking and original features. Statements in earlier biographies have been treated with caution, and have been accepted only where they are supported by sound evidence. Everything-even down to the translations of individual German words-has been reassessed as far as is feasible, in an effort to avoide recycling old errors. Many well-known but fictitious anecdotes have thereby been eliminated, while conversely numerous details discovered in recent years have been incorporated into a general Beethoven biography for the first time-notably information derived from sketch studies and from a new edition for correspondence. This volume reaches many fresh conclusions that should be of interest to both specialists and the general musical public. -

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Over the past 30 years, much scholarly research has been conducted on Beethoven's correspondence and his music sketchbooks. Cooper (music, Univ. of Manchester, UK; Beethoven and the Creative Process ... Read full review

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This is the best book so far. Barry Cooper explained everything in simple terms and it really contributed a great deal to my research work on Beethoven. Thank you so much. I strongly recommend this book for anyone that is interesting in Beethoven's lifestyle and music. :-)


1 Young Genius 177083
2 Adolescence 17849
3 Farewell to Bonn 17902
4 The Conquest of Vienna 17925
5 Wider Horizons 17968
6 First Quartets and First Symphony 17991800
7 Hope and Despair 18012
8 After Heiligenstadt 18023
12 Immortal Beloved 181112
13 The Political Phase 181315
14 Declining Productivity 181517
15 Gigantism 181820
16 Completion of the Mass 18202
17 Completion of the Ninth 18224
18 End of an Era 18247

9 Lamour conjugal 18046
10 A Cluster of Masterpieces 18068
11 Financial Security? 180910

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