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Beethoven's Shadow (Kindle Single)

Beethoven's Shadow (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Biss
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The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations.

What is less known until now is that Jonathan Biss writes about music in a most compelling and engaging way. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a Beethoven concert or a Beethoven recording or one of the many films about Beethoven, this Kindle Single is an inspiring reading experience. For those of you who have heard Beethoven in concert or listened to a Beethoven recording, Jonathan Biss takes you behind the scenes of those performances. If your musical interests are much broader than Beethoven or if your interests focus on the creative process , this Single will fully engage you.

“On April 24th, 2007, Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 109 made me lose my mind.”

So Jonathan Biss opens this Single.

He goes on to describe the complex and by no means all positive impact of the technology of the recording process on the experience of performing and listening to music. He also describes the legacy of generations of teachers . You are there when Leon Fleisher teaches Jonathan Biss just as Artur Schnabel taught Leon Fleisher before him. You experience the growth of a talented young musician as he becomes a fully mature artist. Most compelling of all, Jonathan Biss creates an almost spiritual introduction to the making and experiencing of music. He has, in effect, invited the reader into the world of the composer and the performer.

Jonathan Biss includes an annotated audio guide to deepen the experience of any reader who enjoys listening to classical music.

It is an unforgettable experience.

Jonathan Biss has recently begun a nine year project of recording all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas. The first CD of the project with four sonatas will be released by Onyx Classics January 9, 2012.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 195 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (14 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MHF95G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beethovens Shadow/Bisss 6 Jan 2012
By plume
Format:Kindle Edition
Superb read!
Intelligent, articulate in stark contrast to most of the drivel seen/ heard on commercial TV/Twitter these days.
I'm not a pianist myself but a huge Beethoven fan and the insights provided by the author were a revelation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A privilege 19 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a beautiful essay. It's always good to encounter a musician who's as articulate as he is musically talented, and Biss's little book is enormously stimulating and thought-provoking. It gives you privileged access to his mind, but it also does what any good book on music should do: it sends you back to the music itself. Brilliant!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven's shadow 13 July 2013
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This gives an insight into the mind of a concert pianist, and his thoughts on Beethoven. My slight qualification is that it went on a bit long and could have done with a bit more structure to it. For this reason I cannot give it total support.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A cheap read, with some pianistic insights 13 April 2014
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This book has the merit of being cheap, and short. The author has also given a series of lectures about Beethoven's piano sonatas for the Curtis Institute which are worth watching, but the book doesn't give so much insight into Beethoven.
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