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Beethoven's Letters (Dover Books on Music) Paperback – June 1, 1972
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As a pianist, teacher, adjudicator, examiner, critic and author, I am often presented with performances of Beethoven's works that offer no insight or understanding of Beethoven the man or his music! When giving master classes, I encourage students to read his letters and analyze his music before attempting to perform it. Most consider Beethoven an unpleasant, angry, reclusive human being! Beethoven's letters prove these thoughts to be totally invalid! When writing to his brothers (Heiligenstadt Testament),Beethoven shows an essence of lament because he is so distraught about the false opinions of others toward him. In his letter's we find the true essence of this great man.
Beethoven was a man of morality, truth, and beauty very much like Schubert. Beethoven's deep love of nature is well-known and well documented in his letters and shows in his music too! He was a deeply religious man. Beethoven's attitude may have been more of conventional Catholic ecclesiastical views, but as his letters show, there are countless evidences of his spirituality.
In Beethoven's letter's the fundamental differences are clear. I feel the most important ones are these:
Purity. There is never one single moment of something demonic or unhealthy in his music.
Dignity. He is always completely honest in his music. And there is never a trace of something that might be interpreted as self pity. Pain and sorrow, yes, but nothing to suggest that he ever felt sorry for himself.Read more ›
I'm not sure if my download had a problem, because I wasn't allowed to re-download (I received a message to the effect that the book had already been downloaded). Now I'm left feeling very deprived. So, watch out!
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My husband is a retired military music conductor and loves Beethoven..I try to buy everything I find that would be of interest to him. Nice book.Published 11 months ago by Caroline Mast
Incredible book, as well as easy to read. It cane quickly too and. Was in great condition ••Published 16 months ago by Patricia Najhawan
The letters of Beethoven are essential to those who wish to understand the man. They are excellent for browsing as well as for more focussed reading.Published 19 months ago by RolandB
Just began book, but so far impressive & meets expectations. Same as B's autobiography, from a much more personal viewpointPublished on October 4, 2013 by John Boyle
If you were looking for an interesting gift for a music lover, look no further. For the right person, this will be a true treasure.Published on January 4, 2012 by Virginia
I love Beethoven and his music. This look into his personal life is fascinating and enlightening. I couldn't put it down.Published on April 19, 2009 by D. Kauble