By Jan Swafford
Jan Swafford’s biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have verified him as a respected track historian, able to bringing his matters vibrantly to existence. His amazing new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the residing, respiring person who composed a few of the world’s such a lot iconic song. Swafford mines resources by no means earlier than utilized in English-language biographies to reanimate the innovative ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, the place Beethoven grew up and imbibed the tips that might form all of his destiny paintings. Swafford then tracks his topic to Vienna, capital of ecu track, the place Beethoven outfitted his profession within the face of severe incomprehension, crippling ailing health and wellbeing, romantic rejection, and “fate’s hammer,” his ever-encroaching deafness. all through, Swafford deals insightful readings of Beethoven’s key works. greater than a decade within the making, this can be the normal Beethoven biography for years to come.
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