Beethoven: The Music and the Life

Beethoven The Music and the Life This brilliant portrayal weaves Beethoven s musical and biographical stories into their historical and artistic contexts Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent personal historical political and cult

  • Title: Beethoven: The Music and the Life
  • Author: Lewis Lockwood
  • ISBN: 9780393326383
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • This brilliant portrayal weaves Beethoven s musical and biographical stories into their historical and artistic contexts Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent personal, historical, political, and cultural frameworks in which Beethoven worked and examines their effects on his music The result is that rarest of achievements, a profoundly humane work of scholarship that wiThis brilliant portrayal weaves Beethoven s musical and biographical stories into their historical and artistic contexts Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent personal, historical, political, and cultural frameworks in which Beethoven worked and examines their effects on his music The result is that rarest of achievements, a profoundly humane work of scholarship that will or at least should appeal to specialists and generalists in equal measure Terry Teachout, Commentary Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Lewis Lockwood has written a biography of Beethoven in which the hours that Beethoven spent writing music that is, his methods of working, his interest in contemporary and past composers, the development of his musical intentions and ideals, his inner musical life, in short have been properly integrated with the external events of his career The book is invaluable Charles Rosen Lockwood writes with poetry and clarity a rare combination I especially enjoyed the connection that he makes between the works of Beethoven and the social and political context of their creation we feel closer to Beethoven the man without losing our wonder at his genius Emanuel Ax The magnum opus of an illustrious Beethoven scholar From now on, we will all turn to Lockwood s Beethoven The Music and the Life for insight and instruction Maynard Solomon This is truly the Beethoven biography for the intelligent reader Lewis Lockwood speaks in his preface of writing on Beethoven s works at a highly accessible descriptive level But he goes beyond that His discussion of the music, based on a deep knowledge of its context and the composition processes behind it, explains, elucidates, and is not afraid to evaluate while the biographical chapters, clearly and unfussily written, and taking full account of the newest thinking on Beethoven, align closely with the musical discussion The result is a deeply perceptive book that comes as close as can be to presenting the man and the music as a unity Stanley Sadie, editor, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Impressive for both its scholarship and its fresh insights, this landmark work fully accessible to the interested amateur immediately takes its place among the essential references on this composer and his music Bob Goldfarb, KUSC FM 91.5 Lockwood writes like an angel lucid, enthusiastic, stirring and enlightening Beethoven has found his ablest interpreter Jonathan Keates, The Spectator There is no better survey of Beethoven s compositions for a wide audience Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times Book Review

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      Lewis Lockwood taught at Princeton and Harvard universities, where he is Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Emeritus His Beethoven The Music and the Life was a Pulitzer Prize finalist He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

    968 thoughts on “Beethoven: The Music and the Life”

    1. This is an extraordinary book and an invaluable guide to the works of Beethoven written for the intelligent layperson. He leads the reader through the history of Beethoven's major works and plots the course of his development from his early days worshiping at the altar of Haydn and Mozart to his eventual discovery of older ways of organizing musical ideas in the works of Handel and Bach. Lockwood brings the music to life with an enlivening analysis of structure and content that presupposes only [...]


    2. I honestly expected this book to be a memoir more than anything, but the focus is on the works with the necessary context behind them more then anything. As a music student, this is vital information - the book is now filled with post-its and underlinings, and I plan on refering to it in the future whenever working on the sonatas and chamber music it describes. There is little more to say about it than that. Even for the non-musician it is a fascinating book, though it is helpful to have some kn [...]


    3. "This passage has been stolen from Mozart"Lewis Lockwood’s Beethoven: The Music and the Life is a fabulous book.  I cannot say enough about it. While he gives the reader a short biographical sketch of Beethoven’s life and times, Lockwood concentrates primarily on the music, analyzing nearly every work Beethoven produced.   For the major works these analysis’ can be four, five, six pages or more.  Lockwood’s great gift is the ability to explain these mostly instrumental works in langu [...]


    4. Lewis Lockwood's "Beethoven: the Music and the Life" (2003)is an outstanding introduction to Beethoven, aimed at the nonspecialist rather than the scholar. Those readers who are new to Beethoven's music will find this book a guide to his major work. Readers familiar with Beethoven's music and life will find much to learn and enjoy as well. I found this a book to be savored. Reading the book, I think, will encourage the reader to explore further the inexhaustible richness of Beethoven's music.Loc [...]


    5. This book is a great achievement and will be of interest to people who want to further their knowledge of music and the possibilities in music and all of what music can be when its in the hands of a genius like Beethoven. One particular quote i like is "its bones (Beethoven's music) have a strange ability to regain flesh and blood when new generations are given access to its best works and are moved by the intelligence and humane values they embody.Another great quote in the book is by ETA Hoffm [...]


    6. This is an extraordinary book, a wonderful biography written for today's reader (c2003). Beethoven kept meticulous sketchbooks all his life, and was a very hard worker, of course, always profitably employed. I learned so much about his life and how to approach and learn from his music. My favorite quote is from a letter he wrote at age 41 in 1812 to a young admirer, Emilie: "Persevere, do not only practice your art, but endeavor also to fathom its inner meaning; it deserves this effort. For only [...]


    7. It's rather technical, written for people who know a lot about music. The biographical parts are less Freudian than Maynard Solomon, but it's not comprehensive enough to be an all-purpose biography. The author has strongly negative opinions about works where Beethoven stuck to the Viennese model, like the first symphony, the Op. 18, No. 3 string quartet, etc which one might find irritating if one likes those pieces. Still overall it's worth reading, particularly if one has already read Solomon a [...]


    8. It's not Soloman, but it is very good. I remember the part on the 9th being really great. I think I never enjoyed that symphony so much as when I listened to it after reading Lockwood. Though I have never heard a good performance live. Just one in New York at Lincoln Center- sounds like a good start right?- in which people were bolting for the door during the finale.


    9. The amount of creative work that Beethoven achieved during his lifetime is astonishing. The book was great, but mostly I felt like Lockwood couldn't keep up with the sheer volume of work that Beethoven put forth during his lifetime. Amazing works like the Pathetique sonata are relegated to 2/3s of a page because he can spend only a limited time with each work before he has to move on.


    10. Focused more on Beethoven's musical progression than his life biography, so if you don't know much about music got might not enjoy it as much. As such, he emphasizes Beethoven's influences far more than others - Mozart, Haydn, Bach and even Handel. Great analysis of the Ninth too.


    11. I couldn't get thorough this one. The evaluation of the music is too much for the common reader. It might be more interesting for someone with a deep knowledge of classical music.




    12. meu professor de piano certa vez me disse: qdo pronunciar o nome DELE, fique de pé.leia o livro e entenda um pouco mais sobre este q definitivamente foi o melhor entre os melhores!!


    13. Not really a biography, although it has biographical chapters; basically, a chronological discussion of the works.





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