The Beethoven Obsession

56c320cfad764.jpeg Author Brendan Ward
Isbn 9781742233956
File size 4 Mb
Year 2013
Pages 272
Language English
File format PDF
Category Music

Book Description:

"This is a story of not one but four obsessives: a concert pianist, a would-be pianist (the author), a piano-builder and the master composer, Beethoven himself. Their lives intertwine in surprising and intriguing ways, across the centuries and across the oceans. From Vienna to the Tasmanian wilderness, from Kingaroy in Queensland to Tilburg in the Netherlands, this intricately researched tale of obsession with pianos and piano music carries a wealth of human interest and musical intrigue. Ward achieves at least three remarkable things in this book. First, using direct, authentic and uncomplicated language, he manages to explore some extremely deep aspects of musical performance and interpretation that in less caring hands become mired in complexity. Second, in exploring his own fixation with Beethoven’s piano music, he manages to weave an entertaining fabric made not from his own life, but more significantly from the important people and influences in it. Third, Ward doesn’t hesitate to include opinions and reactions opposing his own, establishing his value as a true and selfless chronicler. Aside from all that, it’s simply a great read." —Carl Vine, composer, pianist and Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia


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