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  • ISBN 190764279X
  • ISBN13 978-1907642791
  • Language English
  • Author John Suchet
  • Publisher Elliott & Thompson Limited; Reprint edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Pages 288
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  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Arts and Literature
  • Size ePub 1461 kb
  • Size Fb2 1263 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 965

It is perhaps more true of Beethoven than any other composer that if you know what is going on in his life, you listen to his music through different ears. Ludwig van Beethoven's life - its dramas, conflicts, loves and losses, his deafness coupled with continuous health problems, his epic struggle with his sister-in-law for sole custody of her son, his nephew - is played out in his music. Now John Suchet has portrayed the real man behind the music in this compelling biography of a musical genius. He reveals a difficult and complex character, struggling to continue his profession as musician despite increasing deafness, alienating friends with unprovoked outbursts of anger one moment, overwhelming them with excessive kindness and generosity the next, living in a city in almost constant disarray because of war with France. This is not the god-like immortal portrayed in statues and paintings in heroic pose garlanded with laurel leaves. Beethoven may have been one of the greatest artists who ever lived, but he was still a man who had to live among fellow mortals, eat and drink, fall in love, pay his rent. This is the real Beethoven, and Suchet brings him effortlessly to life.

Beethoven: The Man Revealed Hardcover. John Suchet writes with infectious enthusiasm, and his avoidance of technical detail makes this a biography that can be read and understood by anyone interested in the composer

Beethoven: The Man Revealed Hardcover. John Suchet writes with infectious enthusiasm, and his avoidance of technical detail makes this a biography that can be read and understood by anyone interested in the composer. - Professor Barry Cooper, University of Manchester; "John Suchet's wonderfully readable biography of Beethoven will give a fresh insight for many people into the happenings behind the music. Beautifully illustrated, it will appeal to the music lover who wants to enhance the experience of listening to some of the greatest music ever written.

John Suchet writes with infectious enthusiasm, and his avoidance of technical detail makes this a biography that can be read and understood by anyone interested in the composer.

Only 17 left in stock (more on the way). Professor Barry Cooper, University of Manchester. John Suchet is recognized as a leading authority on the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven. This is his first full-length biography of the composer. He presents the morning program on Britain’s Classic FM, and lives in London.

Beethoven scholar and classical radio host John Suchet has had a lifelong, ardent interest in the man and his music. Suchet's conversational approach allows him to present the known details of Beethoven's life while speculating effectively on the unknown. A colloquial, picaresque biography. Suchet has turned his vast knowledge, imagination and passion ..

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Beethoven: The Man Revealed John Suchet has met his goal with me because after his book, I will listen to Beethoven with new ears.

Beethoven: The Man Revealed. John Suchet's wonderfully readable biography of Beethoven will give a fresh insight for many people into the happenings behind the music. -Angela Hewitt, Pianist. John Suchet has met his goal with me because after his book, I will listen to Beethoven with new ears.

Beethoven scholar and classical radio host John Suchet has had a lifelong, ardent interest in the man and his music

Beethoven scholar and classical radio host John Suchet has had a lifelong, ardent interest in the man and his music. Here, in his first full-length biography, Suchet illuminates the composer's difficult childhood, his struggle to maintain friendships and romances, his ungovernable temper, his obsessive efforts to control his nephew's life, and the excruciating decline of his hearing.

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John Suchet (/ˈsuːʃeɪ/ SOO-shay; born 29 March 1944) is a British author, newsreader, television presenter and musical host on Classic FM (UK). Suchet has two brothers, one of whom is the actor David Suchet. He is father of broadcast journalist Rory Suchetand uncle to actor Nick Hendrix and broadcast journalist Richard Suchet

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Goltizuru
Though full of facts that may or may not be true, since much of Beethoven is mysterious and disputed, the book seems to lack 'heart'. Beethoven was a man of passion and creative genius.....unfortunately supposition and tedious language miss the point in this scholarly bio.

I would like to add to the above review. Suchet's bio was my intro to Beethoven so I am grateful for the overview. However, having recently returned from Vienna, not only do I not agree with some of the assumptions he makes, I have found his facts to be incorrect. For example he says Beethoven's casket was carried from his apartment toward the Votivkirche for the funeral mass. The problem is that the Votivkirche was not even constructed for another 25 years. And at the end of the book he says there was an additional service at a parish church by the Wahring cemetery. This is also incorrect. The service was held at the Drieiflatigkeitkirche and then the funeral oration given just outside the
gate of the cemetery. The monument for Beethoven is still accessible in what is now called Schubert Park. My concern is that if these simple facts are incorrect, how can one believe suppositions? It seems in an effort to write a good narrative there are distorted assumptions and facts.
Thetalune
Oh my goodness, I love this book!!! I am not a professional musician or student of music history. But this book is so well written and focuses on the LIFE of Beethoven, rather than music theory and compositional strength of his music. I have laughed out loud multiple times at the absurdity of some of the situations, as well as the surprising personality of Beethoven that is revealed in his correspondence and life experiences. I am profoundly enjoying reading about Beethoven in this matter and learning facts that I never knew about. This author focuses on stories that other biographers apparently don't (I can't confirm this as I haven't read them all), so you get information that you wouldn't get otherwise. I thank the author so much for writing this book and giving me insight into the genius of my favorite composer.
Mot
Loved it! Loved it! LOVED it!! I enjoyed this book about Beethoven so much, I want to start reading it again! I almost felt like I was back in college, with a course I took called "Viennese Classicists". (It focused on Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.) That class introduced me to some of Beethoven's piano sonatas that I had never heard before. Since then, I have absolutely cherished this man's music! I found it to be extremely interesting reading about what was going on in Beethoven's life while he was writing, and what events prompted particular compositions, who he dedicated pieces to and why. John Suchet did an amazing job writing this book, and I can't wait to read his book about Mozart! 5 stars all the way!! Highly recommended!
Ramsey`s
It appears to me that the author was thinking of spiritual in terms of the spirit of the man who endured torment as well as quite lofty aspirations. It does not make reference to mystical experience or even intention. And that is fine, but it was a little misleading. Nevertheless , once I figured out where the author was coming from, I found this very positive take on the musical genius--which is sometimes in short supply among biographies to sensationalize the negative qualities which it sounds like he had in a very Germanic sense. I got some good insights into Beethoven and found the book and informative read.
Tane
Suchet does an excellent job telling the story of Beethoven with sufficient detail to inform the reader while not being so pedantic as to cure insomnia. I got a good sense of the composer, his life and times as well as a sense of the evolution of music that he engendered.
INvait
Play a bit of piano, and always like to read histories. Just think, these geniuses made this heavenly art with old-school instruments, lighting, paper... heck, there were wars going on nearly every-dang-where that Ludwig travelled to! Relationship trouble, father/brother squabbles, slowly losing his hearing... finicky patrons. This book should be done as a movie, somewhat in the style as Amadeus was made for Mozart. Excellent read, good author insights. I had no idea that he was THAT good at improvising not only his own, but other rivals works. Loved how you can feel like you're in the room, watching him get angrier and angrier (and he had one heck of a temper)...and how that temper would explode- without one mistake- into a masterful piece of music, just to dominate the room.
fightnight
This is the kind of book which certain people will call BELOVED. I have been one of them, when I first read it at age 16 when I was listening to the symphonies and concertos of Beethoven, one by one, in Bruno Walter's performances from the 1960s. In fact, Sullivan's book and Walter's conducting speak to each other, and I say that with fond memories of both and the highest respect for both. However, our knowledge of Beethoven's life and character has expanded far beyond what Sullivan knew, and the period instrument movement has transformed performances of his music. I doubt listening to, say, John Eliot Gardiner's recordings of the symphonies would connect in any meaningful way with Sullivan's thesis and development. However. I gave this book five stars because re-reading it fifty years (sic) after my first reading was simply a joy, both reviving my past appreciation and stirring a new understanding of Beethoven as the Romantic artist, who suffers for his art, suffers for the sake of humanity, and achieves a triumphant apotheosis. If my language strikes you as empty rhetoric, this is not your book, but if you find something deep within you which responds to it, you too will be illuminated and uplifted. Even if the effect is temporary. This book made me listen to Beethoven's string quartets and piano sonatas for the first time. And that effect of Sullivan's writing has been lasting. That is a debt I can only repay by listening to those works with the ears and mind-set he gave me so many years ago, and renewed this past season with my re-reading.