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Beethoven Great overview for music fans Super Inhalt Aber leider etwas zu viele Fakten machen es teilweise schwer die Konzentration aufrecht zu erhalten.Trotzdem Leseempfehlung f r Fans der alten Schule. The Connections Between A Great Artist S Life And Work Are Subtle, Complex, And Often Highly Revealing In The Case Of Beethoven, However, The Standard Approach Has Been To Treat His Life And His Art Separately Now, Barry Cooper S New Volume Incorporates The Latest International Research On Many Aspects Of The Composer S Life And Work And Presents These In A Truly Integrated Narrative Cooper Employs A Strictly Chronological Approach That Enables Each Work To Be Seen Against The Musical And Biographical Background From Which It Emerged The Result Is A Much Closer Confluence Of Life And Work Than Is Usually Achieved, For Two Reasons First, Composition Was Beethoven S Central Preoccupation For Most Of His Life I Live Entirely In My Music, He Once Wrote Second, Recent Study Of His Many Musical Sketches Has Enabled A Much Clearer Picture Of His Everyday Compositional Activity Than Was Previously Possible, Leading To Rich New Insights Into The Interaction Between His Life And Music This Volume Concentrates On Beethoven S Artistic Achievements Both By Examining The Origins Of His Works And By Expert Commentary On Some Of Their Most Striking And Original Features It Also Reexamines Virtually All The Evidence From Fictitious Anecdotes Right Down To The Translations Of Individual German Words To Avoid Recycling Old Errors And It Offers Numerous New Details Derived From Sketch Studies And A New Edition Of Beethoven S Correspondence Offering A Wealth Of Fresh Conclusions And Intertwining Life And Work In Illuminating Ways, Beethoven Will Establish Itself As The Reference On One Of The World S Greatest Composers In the final stretch of this one.Overall, a very enjoyable work It read academically and authoritatively, often including and discussing other controversial points of view and either supporting them, proving their claims dubious or impossible, or just positing that no one can or ever will be certain.The music theory explanations are interlaced with the biographical narrative From what I understand, a lot of these sorts of books separate life and works I have no experience in music except In the final stretch of this one.Overall, a very enjoyable work It read academically and authoritatively, often including and discussing other controversial points of view and either supporting them, proving their claims dubious or impossible, or just positing that no one can or ever will be certain.The music theory explanations are interlaced with the biographical narrative From what I understand, a lot of these sorts of books separate life and works I have no experience in music except a couple of Music Appreciation courses I took in my undergrad and that I love to listen to classical Initially, I would read the lengthy theoretical descriptions about various pieces, but around 1 3 of the way through the book, I couldn t be bothered It was mostly gibberish to me, so I skimmed through the musical theory sheet music excerpts Someone with a musical background and a true joy of classical music will certainly enjoy those parts I do not believe that the personally esoteric theory discussions detracted from my enjoyment of the book, but a bithand holding for the lay person would have could have been appreciated explaining somewhere how chords work, or what do keys mean, etc For example, in describing why Hammerklavier was a leap forward for the piano sonata genre, he kept talking about leaping thirds, and manipulations thereof I ve listened to Hammerklavier many times, and I can hear the themes in my head still don t know what part of any of it is a third.All in all, great book It was a Christmas gift and I really enjoyed it Four stars verging on 4.5, for enjoyable writing and authoritativeness and the appendices A half star deduction because in spite of a 400 page work, I still don t know what a key is I can and will Google it, but Cooper probably could have taught it in a simple and enjoyable way, no doubt This is a very fine book that nicely integrates a look at Beethoven s music with a clear, fairly comprehensive telling of his life story The book s one flaw is a defensive streak the author occasionally goes well out of his way to justify some of the composer s least defensible behavior. I really enjoyed this book It was interesting, very readable, and I learned a lot about Beethoven both his life and his music I m not at all a specialist, or even a musician, so the musical discussions were sometimes above my head, but not painfully so This is the only bio of Beethoven I ve read, so I can t make any sort of comparisons there, but I would recommend the book. It s a complete and by all accounts fair account of Beethoven s life, but much of the book consists of detailed musical analysis that will have little to no meaning to a casual music lover One needs to be wise in the ways of music theory and practice to get the most out of this book. I was walking while I was reading on the side walk then I slammed into a girl Have you heard the one about the biographer and the musicologist So they walk into this bar and BAM some mad scientist throws them into a fusion reactor and attempts to turn them into conjoined twins The experiment is a success The creature walks the Earth But whether or not people are really looking for a hybrid biographer musicologist is left for philosophers and theologians to debate, as well as any reader of Barry Cooper s Beethoven.I enjoyed the book, and can certainly appreciate Have you heard the one about the biographer and the musicologist So they walk into this bar and BAM some mad scientist throws them into a fusion reactor and attempts to turn them into conjoined twins The experiment is a success The creature walks the Earth But whether or not people are really looking for a hybrid biographer musicologist is left for philosophers and theologians to debate, as well as any reader of Barry Cooper s Beethoven.I enjoyed the book, and can certainly appreciate the mountainous challenge Cooper faces as a music expert trying to discuss the life of a man who spoke primarily through his music However, I don t think I can recommend this book to the casually interested I consider myself, at best, a literate listener While I felt I understood much of Cooper s descriptions of motivic development, remote key exploration, chord usage and fragmentation, and innumerable other devices, those passages were a challenge to truly decipher Even when Cooper tries to explain or outright show something in a straightforward and simple manner, if you can t make, imagine, or hear the music yourself, you re really missing out, and no one is there to hum a few bars The length and number of these passages quickly let me know this was no simple biography.Cooper applies some fair, but rigorous, criteria to the anecdotes, stories, notes, and letters he allows posterity to apply to Beethoven I certainly agree with not perpetuating Schindler, et al s nonsense The music we have, and can analyze to our heart s content to examine the technique of the man, but many of our stories are suspect Cooper relies heavily on the mostly infallible musical record to chronologically tell his story This is an interesting approach, and Cooper s commentary is well informed, but he is not allowed to truly go all out with explicitly exploring step by opus step developments by Beethoven in innovation, experimentation, maturation, and the like Why he can t continue the thread is the main strength and weakness of the book Cooper has to make room for my favorite parts I longed for what I considered the book s breaks amusing anecdotes, excerpts from letters, details of historical trips and encounters with various characters along the way, and the other things that fleshed out the picture of a man who lived for his music, but also lived beyond the confines of lined sheaves of paper We are neither allowed to follow the stories of the man from beginning to end in a cohesive and uninterrupted thread, nor are we allowed to do the same with the music Meshing the two was a deliberate experiment on Cooper s part, and like all experiments, it may not prove everyone s cup of tea.A music student might have seen things very differently, but perhaps not This book attempts to serve detailed knowledge to all audiences, and is surprisingly successful, but can be frustrating when you reach pages of material that are not your favorite story flavor Sort of like a banana split with three toppings Sure, it s all good in the end, but maybe you like the strawberry mound where my favorite is the chocolate And I m sorry, but I ll never relish the yellow stuff, whatever it is butterscotch Unfortunately, unlike in a split where I can shove the yellow mound off entirely, everything is all whirled together in Cooper s Beethoven Prepare for occasional disorientation and surprises, bring a piano if you can, any scores you can get your hands on, excellent recordings if you have them, and anything else that helps you really flesh this book out into a multifaceted experience, and it s ultimately worth it However, without effort and training much of the book may be frustrating or ignored by a reader altogether, and it s definitely not beach reading Barry Cooper takes a chronological approach to Beethoven s life, mixing politics and world events with Beethoven s personal life events and compositions The effect is a wonderful understanding of the context of Beethoven s works, but also a fascinating insight into the deeper musicology and interpretations of his famous pieces For the most part, I loved reading this There is one small fly in the ointment, which has necessitated this review.Cooper is clearly a fan of Beethoven, both as a compo Barry Cooper takes a chronological approach to Beethoven s life, mixing politics and world events with Beethoven s personal life events and compositions The effect is a wonderful understanding of the context of Beethoven s works, but also a fascinating insight into the deeper musicology and interpretations of his famous pieces For the most part, I loved reading this There is one small fly in the ointment, which has necessitated this review.Cooper is clearly a fan of Beethoven, both as a composer and as a man Sometimes, it feels as if this borders on infatuation, leading him to overlook and even apologise for what in today s society would be seen as unforgivable actions taken by Beethoven To explain Beethoven s younger brother Carl, who had married an unsuitable woman apparently she had a conviction for theft and had loose morals , passed away leaving Ludwig feeling responsible for raising Carl s son, Karl Having decided that Johanna was unsuitable as the boy s guardian, it appears that Beethoven went to extraordinary lengths to have the boy removed from his mother Karl reportedly ran away from boarding school and from Beethoven s guardianship to be with his mother, and eventually attempted suicide some years later Throughout the narration of this, Johanna is consistently painted in misogynistic terms and at times, I found these passages difficult to read The author claims that Beethoven s actions were a result of his deep morality and desire for Karl to be raised morally, and were actually a sign of his affection for the boy despite the lies told in depositions to the court about Johanna I am not a scholar of early nineteenth century musicology, but I do know a bit about sociology, law and economics, and through modern eyes, Cooper s descriptions of Johanna are both biased and troubling, and his continued adoration of, and apologies for Beethoven s behaviour in this regard make for uncomfortable reading There is no attempt made to contextualise the judgments made about Johanna in the social s, structures and institutions of the time Nor is there any effort made to understand her or offer abalanced account, and given the thoroughness of the musicology undertaken throughout the book, the lack of social and sociological awareness is jarring This is a shame, as the remainder of the book the musical analysis, the historical recounting, and the weaving together of events and artistic response by Beethoven is masterful To any student of music, Beethoven is evidently one of the greats But this book puts into sharp relief the true depth of his originality, ingenuity and sheer innovation that changed the development of classical music in Europe and which continues to shape musical and political landscapes today


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