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Beethoven: The Universal Composer

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Pulitzer-prize winning biographer Edmund Morris interweaves the personal history of the world's most famous composer with an insightful exploration ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
SDSBrooklyn

OK for a quick intro to Beethoven

by SDSBrooklyn on Sep 10, 2009

I loved Morris's biography of President Reagan ("Dutch") almost as much as his first volume on Theodore Roosevelt, so I thought he mainly did politicians. I was pleasantly surprised. For its length and scope, this is an excellent biography, especially for non-musicians. (Professional musicians of course already have a vast library of Beethoven studies and would not be interested in this.) The writing is crisp, the necessary historical context is interesting in its own right.

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Sunlily
by Sunlily on Apr 20, 2007

this book is very short, about 200 pages, and it is pocket size. you do get enough info. about Beethoven, but this book is not for general readers. I love classic music, I listen to it all the time, but I have no basic training. this book spent a third going into details about the music Beethoven wrote, using a lot of music language which i find very boring. if you know music theory you may not find so. i really liked 'Dutch', also written by Edmund Morris. that was the reason i chose this book when i decided to read about Beethoven. i have watched movies 'Immortal love' and 'copying Beethoven' recently. after reading this book, i guess these movies dramatized and stretched truth a bit. overall it is a nice break from huge books like 'Dutch'.

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