- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan (October 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 002872240X
- ISBN-13: 978-0028722405
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beethoven Paperback – October, 1979
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Beethoven was born and raised in Bonn, Germany (1770-1827), but as soon as he could he gravitated to Vienna (Austria), because that was the capital of the Empire (Austro-Hungarian) and that's where the greatest musicians lived and where the greatest opportunities in music were. Beethoven showed some musical promise early in life (though he was no child prodigy like Mozart) and by age 15 he was already composing and performing in public. He eventually learned to play a number of instruments, but by 15 he was already a virtuoso on the piano and in his prime he was the best pianist in Vienna.
Beethoven enrolled at the University of Bonn in his teens but soon withdrew because he preferred to study independently - by reading the classics and the other greats of the day (Kant, Goethe, Schiller, etc.) and through tutoring in musical composition and performing. He eventually studied in Vienna with one of his `music heroes' - Franz Joseph Haydn. (His other `music heroes' included Mozart, Haendel, Glueck, and Cherubini).
Beethoven's life was filled with numerous successes, achievements, rewards, etc., he eventually composed some 600 pieces of music of all kinds, and he knew at the end of his life that he'd won the only kind of immortality in which he himself believed - that which man could earn personally through his own efforts here on Earth. But his life was not all `milk and honey'. Beethoven also encountered much adversity in life that caused him great mental anguish, sorrows and disappointments.Read more ›
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This book was advertised in good condition, this is false. Just about every page has copious, illegible notes scrawled over the text resulting in a difficult read. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by jonathan