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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Music
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486292320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486292328
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Michael L Allen on July 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Schindler met Beethoven in 1814, when Beethoven was 44 and the author was an impressionable 19 year old. Schindler became an almost constant companion of the composer, and was witness to a number of fascinating occurrences that no other biographer, such as Ries, had access to. Schindler gives us examples of Beethoven's strongly emotional nature, in such a way that I felt I could have recognized the composer should I have passed by him on abusy street. Inclusion of this information is what made this biography most appealing to me. One of my favourite sections is an appendix entitled "Beethoven's Daily Routine" which describes, among other things, how Beethoven would count out 60 beans for his cup of coffee.
However, Schindler is not a transparent witness. Rather, he feels compelled to "protect" Beethoven from "his many enemies", for whom there is no historical basis. A sense of Schindler acting as guardian comes through strongly in the writing. The most striking example of this attitude is Schindler's description of the meeting between Beethoven and Rossini, a meeting which historically never took place!
Fortunately, this excellent Dover edition is thoroughly annotated - there are as many editor's notes as there are pages in the text! I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading a contemporary account of the life of the great composer, and who would enjoy witnessing the profound effect that he had on at least one of his associates.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alex on August 30, 2006
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Great book

Strange that the first reviewer says that the meeting between Beethoven and Rossini never took place. Rossini and Beethoven would have disagreed! They met in the spring of 1822 when Rossini was in Vienna for the premiere of his opera Zelmira. Rossini has left an account of the meeting
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 14, 2007
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I have enjoyed this book very much. It written by someone that knew Beethoven ,and it offers you a lot of information about Beethoven's life, it is accurate. When there are two differents versions of the same event, the authors explains and describe them.

A very objective book and enjoyable.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K0DXX on July 26, 2007
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I feel like I'm a fly on the wall in Beethovens apartment...well, one of his many apartments. Can't get any closer than this too someone who lived that many years ago. I also find it hard to believe that a man like Rossini would spend two years in the same city as Beethoven and not meet him. I'm willing to bet that the moment Rossini stepped from his carriage in the city of music he grabbed the first passerby and said "Where do I find Beethoven?"
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Being somewhat familiar with excerpts from Schindler's writing, I had some idea of what to expect. The book when taken in context meets and exceeds. Editorial notes frequently clarify or correct Schindler's errors and embellishments. I enjoy most of Beethoven's music, and am thus quite fascinated with details of events which shaped his life. So I would recommend this book to anyone with similar interests.
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By Caroline Mast on April 25, 2015
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I bought this for my husband who is a musician and music conductor. He loves Beethoven...so whenever I see a book or article about him I get it for him. He loved it.
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