Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 August 2020

160 Pages | 10 illustrations

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190054083

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Beethoven: Variations on a Life

Mark Evan Bonds

  • Proposes a new way of listening to Beethoven that takes us beyond the iconic scowl and more nearly reflects the way in which the composer's contemporaries heard his music.
  • Approaches Beethoven's music as a series of variations on his life as manifested through his ideals and his attitudes toward deafness, friendship, love, religion, money, and politics.
  • Draws heavily on Beethoven's writings-his letters, his diary-and lets the composer's personality emerge through his own words.

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