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The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven

The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108064767

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  • This authoritative biography of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) was a landmark in its meticulous research and use of source material. For the American author Alexander Wheelock Thayer (1817–97), it represented a lifelong labour of love, yet it remained unfinished at his death. His friend Hermann Deiters (1833–1907) edited and translated Thayer's work into German, publishing three volumes which covered Beethoven's life to 1816. Since Deiters also died before the biography could be completed, musicologist Hugo Riemann (1849–1919) was called upon to conclude the work. The final German volumes appeared in 1907 and 1908. It was the American critic Henry Edward Krehbiel (1854–1923) who prepared the present work, the first and considerably revised English version, published in three volumes in 1921. Volume 1 covers Beethoven's career up to 1802, Volume 2 covers the period 1803–18, and Volume 3 addresses Beethoven's final years, his ninth symphony and late quartets.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108064767
    • length: 1202 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 180 x 66 mm
    • weight: 2.08kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    1. Fall of the ecclesiastical-civil states in Germany
    2. Beethoven's ancestors in Belgium
    3. Birth of Ludwig van Beethoven
    4. Beethoven a pupil of Neefe
    5. Elector Max Franz
    6. Beethoven again
    7. The family von Breuning
    8. The national theatre of Elector Max Franz
    9. The last three years of Beethoven's life in Bonn
    10. Beethoven's creative activity in Bonn
    11. Beethoven in Vienna
    12. Music in Vienna at the time of Beethoven's arrival there
    13. Beethoven in society
    14. The years 1796 and 1797
    15. General Bernadotte
    16. Beethoven's social life in Vienna
    17. Beethoven's character and personality
    18. Beethoven's brothers
    19. The year 1801
    20. Important letters of 1801
    21. Beethoven's love-affairs
    22. The year 1802. Volume 2:
    1. The year 1803
    2. The year 1804
    3. The year 1805
    4. The year 1806
    5. Beethoven's friends and patrons
    6. Princes and counts as theatrical directors
    7. The year 1808
    8. Jerome Bonaparte's invitation
    9. The years 1807–9
    10. The year 1810
    11. The year 1811
    12. The year 1812
    13. The year 1813
    14. The year 1814
    15. The year 1815
    16. The year 1816
    17. The year 1817
    18. The year 1818. Volume 3:
    1. The year 1819
    2. End of litigation
    3. The year 1822
    4. The year 1823
    5. The year 1824
    6. Incidents and labors of the year 1824
    7. The year 1825
    8. A year of sickness and sorrow
    9. Karl van Beethoven
    10. The last days at Gneixendorf
    General index
    Index to compositions.

  • Authors

    Alexander Wheelock Thayer

    Hermann Deiters

    Hugo Riemann

    Editor and Translator

    Henry Edward Krehbiel

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