Beethoven by Jan Swafford audiobook

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

By Jan Swafford
Read by Michael Prichard

Tantor Audio 9780618054749

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200026296

  • ISBN: 9798200026289

  • ISBN: 9798200026302

Runtime: 39.03 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Jan Swafford’s biographies have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world’s most iconic music. Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that would shape all of his future work. Swafford then tracks his subject to Vienna, capital of European music, where Beethoven built his career in the face of critical incomprehension, crippling ill health, romantic rejection, and "fate's hammer," his ever-encroaching deafness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Indeed, readers will want to refer to the book often when they listen to Beethoven. A marvelous achievement. Ray Olson, Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Jan Swafford

Author Bio: Jan Swafford

Jan Swafford is an award-winning composer and the author of Johannes Brahms: A Biography, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Charles Ives: A Life with Music, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the PEN/Winship Award. Swafford teaches music history, theory, and composition at the Boston Conservatory.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 39.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English