Beethoven: The Music and the Life, Lockwood

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Author Lewis Lockwood
Illustrator N/A
Format Paperback
Pages 624
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Publication Year 2005
ISBN-13 978-0393326383

An authoritative work offering a fresh look at Beethoven’s life, career, and milieu. This brilliant portrayal weaves Beethoven's musical and biographical stories into their historical and artistic contexts. Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent personal, historical, political, and cultural frameworks in which Beethoven worked and examines their effects on his music. Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

"Lewis Lockwood has written a biography of Beethoven in which the hours that Beethoven spent writing music—that is, his methods of working, his interest in contemporary and past composers, the development of his musical intentions and ideals, his inner musical life, in short—have been properly integrated with the external events of his career. The book is invaluable." (Charles Rosen)

"Lockwood writes with poetry and clarity—a rare combination. I especially enjoyed the connection that he makes between the works of Beethoven and the social and political context of their creation—we feel closer to Beethoven the man without losing our wonder at his genius." (Emanuel Ax)

"This is truly the Beethoven biography for the intelligent reader. Lewis Lockwood speaks in his preface of writing on Beethoven's works at 'a highly accessible descriptive level.' But he goes beyond that. His discussion of the music, based on a deep knowledge of its context and the composition processes behind it, explains, elucidates, and is not afraid to evaluate; while the biographical chapters, clearly and unfussily written, and taking full account of the newest thinking on Beethoven, align closely with the musical discussion. The result is a deeply perceptive book that comes as close as can be to presenting the man and the music as a unity." (Stanley Sadie, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians)

"There is no better survey of Beethoven's compositions for a wide audience." (Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times)

About Lewis Lockwood:

Lewis Lockwood taught at Princeton and Harvard universities, where he is Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Emeritus. His Beethoven: The Music and the Life was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.