His Life & Music

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Presents a portrait of the genius composer, tracing his rise from a child prodigy to one of Europe's most celebrated musical artists, and describing his fierce ambitions, the identity of the "immortal beloved," his deafness, and his early death.

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For general readers with no formal training, Siepmann, a music writer, teacher, and musician, describes the life and music of Beethoven, with quotes by him and his contemporaries woven into the text. Music is surveyed by genre in interludes between biographical chapters, including discussion of the "immortal beloved" identity and the composer's deafness, and noted in boldface when they correspond to the accompanying CDs. These contain excerpts from Beethoven's piano concertos, the Piano Trio in C Minor, symphonies, piano sonatas, Fidelio, the "Razumovsky" String Quartet, the Violin Concerto in D, and the Mass in D. Annotations of the tracks are provided. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Sourcebooks Inc.
A gripping portrait of a troubled artist, from the world's leading classical music label--with 2 CDs and exclusive Web access.
Sourcebooks MediaFusion and Naxos proudly present this fascinating biography, complete with two CDs of his greatest works plus an exclusive website with extended compositions.

Jeremy Siepmann draws an accessible portrait of the turbulent, troubled but determined figure of Beethoven, regarded by many as the greatest composer who ever lived. And with the words comes the music: Two CDs of carefully chosen pieces covering all the different genres in which Beethoven made his mark. Readers also gain access to an exclusive website that offers the musical works in full, the music of Beethoven's contemporaries, new essays and more. This revolutionary biography utilizes traditional and new media to provide a uniquely rounded portrait of the composer himself.

Naxos is the world's leading classical music label and provider of classical music over the Internet at

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks MediaFusion, c2006
ISBN: 9781402207518
Branch Call Number: 780.92 B393Z, Si16b
Characteristics: xiii, 208 p. : ill. ; 23 cm + 2 sound discs (4 3/4 in.)


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Oct 07, 2015

A really good short book; condensed writing with a structure using 'inter-chapters' that are focussed on a particular aspect of the music. Many quotations from diaries, memoirs and letters, including the entirety of the Heiligenstadt testament.


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