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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Macfarlane Walter & Ross (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551990210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551990217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Harris shines as an educator on the level of Leonard Bernstein."
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"Valuable and informative."
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The essential introduction to the world's foremost composer and to the hidden pleasures of classical music.

Beethoven's enduring popularity eclipses all other composers. Over a century and a half has passed since his death, yet his towering accomplishments remain the standard against which all other Western music has been judged. This fascinating and accessible guide to understanding both the man and the musician is also a rewarding exploration of the basics of classical music itself.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lekan on March 15, 2005
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Robert Harris has a reputation for writing in a way that those new to classical music can easily comprehend. Yet, it isn't a basic book either that you can get in a couple hours either. Harris intersperses his quite engaging story telling of Beethoven's life and times along with the major musical works and their significance. In fact, his narrative on Beethoven's life is so much more interesting and readable than the more standard texts. In particular, his treatment of Beethoven's deeply personal struggle with his worsening deafness is detailed and fascinating. His writing has the mark of a great educator in that you can understand without struggle (unlike other books). There is little music jargon so the beginner need not fear this book. He also highlights (as in his Mozart edition), the "Top 40" major works and says a little about each to place them in context.

Last, he gives a little less "note-by-note" analysis of major works here than in his earlier Mozart book which seems to work just fine as it can be too much for some and bogs down in the Mozart book in my opinion. Summary: an unintimidating, really rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable book that will give you a deeper respect and appreciation of Beethoven and his monumental music.
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The author provides both a readable biography of Beethoven, but also guidance for listening to his music. I learned a lot and appreciate the music better--it inspired me to send for all of Beethoven's sonatas and concertos (in CD's) and his symphonies are next.
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Excellent tips for Beethoven. His Mozart also good. Are there more composers described by Mr. Harris?
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