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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Naxos Books (1 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843791110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843791119
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 701,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Holt on 25 July 2006
A look at Beethoven's life and works in words and in music, as there are two CD's that come with the book so the reader is able to follow the development of Beethoven's music. Its a little light weight for the scholar, but a good introduction to Beethoven that others that found Thayer, Soloman and Cooper a little heavy. Lots of examples of Beethoven correspondence too. A well written, presented book, but much is missed. As an introduction to Beethoven I would recommend the Suchet books along side this. A useful addition to my Beethoven collection!
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By Partisan on 31 July 2014
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I bought this book after I had bought and thoroughly enjoyed the Naxos book on Mendelssohn - a perfect combination of biography and music and how the music fitted into his life. I expected the same from this but have been bitterly disappointed - the life and music are kept totally apart with the majority of the book covering the fairly well known details of Beethoven's life whilst the music is dealt with in separate "Interludes" that make little or no connection to the surrounding "life" chapters. I am aware of the amount of music Beethoven wrote and did not expect detailed analysis of all of it but, at least, I wanted to know when he wrote what and how important pieces fitted in the context of his life.
As an example, Interlude 1, deals with "Beethoven and the Piano" and Siepmann flicks through all that magnificent music in 9 technical pages that assume knowledge (the Glossary, which is meant to clarify the technical stuff is a masterpiece of incomprehensible gibberish that is more technical than what it is attempting to clarify). Apparently the Diabelli Variations are his last major piano work but filled with "typical Beethoven jokes" - that would mean so much more if it was put in the context of his life.
And so it goes, through each "Interlude". We would not be interested in Beethoven's life if it were not for the music - we need to see them as a single whole - this book does not provide that picture.
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