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Beethoven

The Universal Composer

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Beethoven by Edmund Morris
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In "Beethoven", Edmund Morris, the author of three bestselling presidential biographies and a lifelong devotee of the great composer, brings him to life as a man of astonishing complexity and overpowering intelligence. A gigantic, compulsively creative personality unable to tolerate constraints, he was not so much a social rebel as an astute manipulator of the most powerful and privileged aristocrats in Germany and Austria, at a time when their world was threatened by the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. But Beethoven's achievement rests in his immortal music. Struggling against progressive, incurable deafness (which he desperately tried to keep secret), he nonetheless produced towering masterpieces, such as his iconic Fifth and Ninth symphonies. With sensitivity and insight, Edmund Morris illuminates Beethoven's life, including his interactions with the women he privately lusted for but held at bay, and his work, whose grandeur and beauty were conceived 'on the other side of silence.'

Author Biography

Edmund Morris was born in Kenya, and lived in Britain until 1968, when he immigrated to the United States. His three biographies, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, and Theodore Rex have all been national bestsellers. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980, and has never been out of print.
Release date Australia
March 15th, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
HarperCollins
Pages
256
Series
Dimensions
203x133x16
ISBN-13
9780060759759
Product ID
3880022

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