Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 May 2022

168 Pages | 10 b/w illustrations

4 3/8 x 6 7/8 inches

ISBN: 9780190051730

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Ludwig van Beethoven: A Very Short Introduction

Mark Evan Bonds

Very Short Introductions

  • 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