The Life and Works of Beethoven

  • by Jeremy Siepmann
  • Narrated by Jeremy Siepmann, Bob Peck, Neville Jason, David Timson, Elaine Claxton, Karen Archer
  • 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • original_recording Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For many people, Beethoven is the greatest composer who ever lived. In this portrait-in-sound, actors’ readings combine with his music to reveal a titanic personality, both vulnerable and belligerent, comic and tragic, and above all heroic, as he comes to grips with perhaps the greatest disability a musician can suffer. No man’s music is more universal; few men’s lives are more inspiring. In every sense but one - his modest height - he was a giant.
The great bonus of this audio-biography is that the development of Beethoven’s music can be heard in the context of his life. What did he write in those early, ambitious years when he was at the peak of his musical powers? What did he write when beset with anxiety over his failing hearing? And what was the music that insisted on pouring out of him, even though he couldn’t hear it himself?
Jeremy Siepmann draws us into the private world of Ludwig van Beethoven, with the composer portrayed with rugged vividness by Bob Peck.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Best part was to hear music.

Maybe little bit short, you are supposed to know everything already. Story closer to Wikipedia than proper storytelling, but to able to hear the actual music makes it all worth.
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- Kukkonen

Excellent introduction

I wanted to learn more about the great man and this book was the perfect introduction to his life, character and music. It was engaging, informative and interesting. I like the mixture of narrative , music and readings from contemporary diaries and letters etc. I enjoyed listening to this book : it is a great place to start your study.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2012
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks