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I am obsessed with Beethoven for reasons I don t fully understand I m not musically inclined and I didn t develop a love for classical music until later in life But Beethoven s music moves me deeply and I decided I had to know the man behind it This book brought him to life for me For those who are not obsessed, it would seem boring, but to me, it was like gaining deeper knowledge of someone I already love A bit like reading a grandmother s diary, only fardisturbing It brought him do I am obsessed with Beethoven for reasons I don t fully understand I m not musically inclined and I didn t develop a love for classical music until later in life But Beethoven s music moves me deeply and I decided I had to know the man behind it This book brought him to life for me For those who are not obsessed, it would seem boring, but to me, it was like gaining deeper knowledge of someone I already love A bit like reading a grandmother s diary, only fardisturbing It brought him down off the pedestal on which I had placed him and made me see him as the deeply flawed, but fascinating human being he was I love him all thefor being a bit mad, thoroughly selfish, narcissistic and, well, hard to love His music is all thebeautiful because it flowed from a vessel so broken I d give this biography 3 and a half stars for it s insight into Beethoven s behavior and character Beethoven was a musical genius He has an important role in classicism and romanticism in Germany His music is revolutionary I like Beethoven s late string quartets and his piano concertos The composer was a very interesting character. Note My first online review, posted on , September 11, 2000 I have been revisiting my Beethoven reviews for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the composer s birth.The Immortal ComposerThis is the second edition of Solomon s biography of Beethoven and it is an improvement in terms of both analysis and lucidity.The book is written from a psychoanalytic point of view that all may not find convincing However, the rudiments of Mr Solomon s analysis, in terms of tracing Beethoven Note My first online review, posted on , September 11, 2000 I have been revisiting my Beethoven reviews for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the composer s birth.The Immortal ComposerThis is the second edition of Solomon s biography of Beethoven and it is an improvement in terms of both analysis and lucidity.The book is written from a psychoanalytic point of view that all may not find convincing However, the rudiments of Mr Solomon s analysis, in terms of tracing Beethoven s life problems, his difficulties with women, with peers, and with himself to his childhood experiences probably transcends any specific psychological dogma and is insightful.The book is a biography rather than an attempt at technical musical analysis Even so, it elucidates the music well and with an obvious love for it I found the discussion of Beethoven s final period works, and of his sometimes neglected vocal writings, particularly good.The sections on Beethoven s relationship with Haydn, on his testament written upon the discovery of his impending deafness on the immortal beloved, and on his relationship with his nephew are all thoughtful and helped me better understand Beethoven.A wonderful book for anybody who loves this composer or wants to learnabout why other people love him If you wish to preserve your view of Beethoven, the genius who lived a perfect trouble free life, do not read this book.The struggle Was real. I read this for a class years and years ago circa 1995 I found the Freudian analysis profound at the time, but as a professional musicologist I am less convinced by some of the author s claims Nevertheless, my grandmother, who was a Jungian psychotherapist, borrowed this book and used it to put herself to sleep each night during the last years of her life, so the book isuseful than merely as a paperweight, doorstop, or monitor stand. One of the best biographies of a musician ever written Solomon s solution of the Immortal Beloved puzzle is a brilliant piece of detective work. .Free Book ⚖ Beethoven ⚖ Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven s life and music, this edition takes into account the latest information and literature Includes apage bibliographical essay, numerous illustrations, and a full color pictorial biography of the composer Firstly an admission, I have no prior knowledge of Beethoven other than I enjoy listening to his music That said I enjoyed this book although I had problems getting around some of the technical details in regards to his music I bought this book some time ago but only got around to reading it after watching the video Immortal Beloved This book answered a number of questions for me and certainly provided a deep and interesting look at the man behind the music I love so much The author has br Firstly an admission, I have no prior knowledge of Beethoven other than I enjoy listening to his music That said I enjoyed this book although I had problems getting around some of the technical details in regards to his music I bought this book some time ago but only got around to reading it after watching the video Immortal Beloved This book answered a number of questions for me and certainly provided a deep and interesting look at the man behind the music I love so much The author has broken the book into four sections covering the life of Beethoven At the end of each section he describes the music that Beethoven composed during those periods of his life Bonn , Vienna Early Years , The Heroic Period The Final Phase I found this worked well although like I stated early my education in regards to music appreciation was some what lacking and I found parts of the book describing Beethoven s music beyond me I am sure if you want to learn about the genius that was Beethoven this book should satisfy you and if you have some understanding of music and music composition you will enjoy those sections of the book dealing with his works This is about as complete a biography of Beethoven as you are going to get Unless you have a degree in music some of it will probably go in one ear and out the other, but that s not the end of the world Honestly, though, it did get boring at times The author offers up a plethora of information, much of which would have been better left to the end notes A note for non historians here writing a historical work does not mean that every date and name must be included in the text oh hell no This is about as complete a biography of Beethoven as you are going to get Unless you have a degree in music some of it will probably go in one ear and out the other, but that s not the end of the world Honestly, though, it did get boring at times The author offers up a plethora of information, much of which would have been better left to the end notes A note for non historians here writing a historical work does not mean that every date and name must be included in the text oh hell no The book was originally written in 1977, so perhapsPERHAPSthe dreadful forays into psychoanalytical history could be forgiven However, when the author revised the book in 1998 he should have cut, hacked, and slashed out what he could Then again, he may have felt that it was too entwined in the text, like a malignant tumor wrapped around the body s nervous system Heaven forbid that he did not recognize how outmoded the genre has become And for good reason I m not against speculation, per se, but please, please, put down the Freudian analysis, back way slowly, and no one gets hurt This thorough and probing biography of Beethoven was fascinating from beginning to end Solomon takes on both the facts of Beethoven s life and a deep, thoughtful analysis of the composer s psyche, artistic life, and socio political context he takes on both the inner and outer forces in Beethoven s life and thus succeeds in presenting a complex and finely nuanced portrait of the composer as a full person rather than the great, misunderstood artist of myth and legend Solomon definitely does not This thorough and probing biography of Beethoven was fascinating from beginning to end Solomon takes on both the facts of Beethoven s life and a deep, thoughtful analysis of the composer s psyche, artistic life, and socio political context he takes on both the inner and outer forces in Beethoven s life and thus succeeds in presenting a complex and finely nuanced portrait of the composer as a full person rather than the great, misunderstood artist of myth and legend Solomon definitely does not back away from Beethoven s less attractive attributes or even from his mental and emotional problems Luckily, it s all discussed with great sympathy and no sensationalism I could have wished for a littleanalysis of the music and a little less analysis of the man and his psychology, but it was all so illuminating and interesting that I still found this book immensely satisfying