Beethoven facts about his music

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Beethoven: The Man Revealed by John Suchet

It is perhaps more true of Beethoven than any other composer that if you know what is going on in his life, you listen to his music through different ears. Ludwig van Beethovens life - its dramas, conflicts, loves and losses, his deafness coupled with continuous health problems, his epic struggle with his sister-in-law for sole custody of her son, his nephew - is played out in his music.
Now John Suchet has portrayed the real man behind the music in this compelling biography of a musical genius. He reveals a difficult and complex character, struggling to continue his profession as musician despite increasing deafness, alienating friends with unprovoked outbursts of anger one moment, overwhelming them with excessive kindness and generosity the next, living in a city in almost constant disarray because of war with France.
This is not the god-like immortal portrayed in statues and paintings in heroic pose garlanded with laurel leaves. Beethoven may have been one of the greatest artists who ever lived, but he was still a man who had to live among fellow mortals, eat and drink, fall in love, pay his rent. This is the real Beethoven, and Suchet brings him effortlessly to life.

I have loved and performed Beethoven since I was very young and have read a good deal about the life and times of this giant among composers, but John Suchets infectious enthusiasm and fascination, probing the details behind every step of his life, and turning sensitive sleuth when the facts are less clear, opens new vistas and makes for a gripping and thought-provoking read. -- Howard Shelley, Pianist and Conductor

John Suchet offers us a fascinating and touchingly human insight into a great figure who has consumed him for decades. By exercising a genuine authority in identifying how Beethoven, the man, manifests himself in our appreciation of the music, Suchet brings an incisive freshness to an extraordinary life. The results in his Beethovenia are always rigorously researched and accompanied by a child-like passion to communicate the composers true essence. -- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music

Beethovens music continues to form one of the cornerstones of the concert repertoire some 200 years after it was written, and its sheer ingenuity and inventiveness never cease to amaze the perceptive listener. Knowing the context in which it was written can aid our understanding of the music, and every biography of Beethovens unusual life has something new to say. Although some aspects of his life, such as his deafness, and his great love for his only nephew, are well known, this book also includes many details that are less familiar. John Suchet writes with infectious enthusiasm, and his avoidance of technical detail makes this a biography that can be read and understood by anyone interested in the composer. -- Professor Barry Cooper, University of Manchester

John Suchets wonderfully readable biography of Beethoven will give a fresh insight for many people into the happenings behind the music. Beautifully illustrated, it will appeal to the music lover who wants to enhance the experience of listening to some of the greatest music ever written. --Angela Hewitt, Pianist
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Five Things You Didn't Know About Beethoven - Famous Composers

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30 Beethoven Facts – Interesting Facts About Ludwig van Beethoven

He reinvented the symphony, reshaped string quartets, and redefined piano sonatas - but there's much more to learn about Ludwig van Beethoven, the deaf composer who changed music forever. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in December … but no one is sure of the exact date! He was baptised on 17 December, so he was probably born the day before. His birthplace pictured is now the Beethoven-Haus museum. This may have been a deliberate deception on the part of his father pictured to make the musical prodigy seem younger — and therefore, more advanced for his age — than he actually was.

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German pianist and composer widely considered to be one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time. His innovative compositions combined vocals and instruments, widening the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto and quartet. He is the crucial transitional figure connecting the Classical and Romantic ages of Western music. He died at the age of Beethoven was born on or about December 16, , in the city of Bonn in the Electorate of Cologne, a principality of the Holy Roman Empire. Although his exact date of birth is uncertain, Beethoven was baptized on December 17,

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Here are the facts about the great composer — Beethoven — Real also the complete Beethoven Biography and the best of Beethoven works. CMUSE is a participant of the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program — it is designed to provide an aid for the websites in earning an advertisement fee — by means of advertising and linking to Amazon. CMUSE is your music news and entertainment website. We provide you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the music industry. Share on Facebook. Ludwig van Beethoven Facts Here are the facts about the great composer — Beethoven —

We use cookies to improve our service for you. You can find more information in our data protection declaration. How did a rat change Beethoven's life? Was he really a grouch? Who was his secret lover? There are enough books on the famous composer to fill a library, but there are still many mysteries surrounding his life. One of the first mysteries in Beethoven's biography is his date of birth.


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    His birthplace (pictured) is now the Beethoven-Haus museum. After the death of Mozart in , musicians in his hometown of Vienna were in need of a new.

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  5. Grecia G. says:

    Ludwig van Beethoven was born in December of in Bonn to parents Johann and Maria, who were excited and scared about the future of their newborn son.

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