Mozart & Beethoven: The Lives and Legacies of History's Most Famous Composers

  • by Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by Guy Veryzer
  • 4 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This audiobook analyzes the themes and progression of the composers' most famous works, comparing and contrasting them to each other and other composers' great works.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), baptized Johannes Chrysostom Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, is widely considered to be the culminating figure of the classical period in music, which spanned much of the 18th to early 19th centuries. As such, he is remembered as one of Western Civilization's most prodigious and spontaneous natural talents, on par with Leonardo da Vinci and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Among all of history's greatest musicians, few have been as admired or influential as Ludwig van Beethoven, whose name remains synonymous with composing. Works like his fifth and ninth symphonies remain instantly recognizable over 200 years after they were composed, and their sweeping and grandiose nature are made all the more amazing by the fact that their author was gradually going deaf and couldn't hear music very well by the time he was composing them. Similarly, the "Moonlight Sonata" and "Für Elise" are renowned across the world and are some of the most famous piano pieces of all time.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Struggled to finish this.

Would you try another book written by Charles River Editors or narrated by Guy Veryzer?

No


Would you ever listen to anything by Charles River Editors again?

No


How did the narrator detract from the book?

He droned on and his voice was monotonous.


Do you think Mozart & Beethoven: The Lives and Legacies of History's Most Famous Composers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No I did not enjoy this book so would not want another from the same author.


Any additional comments?

Rather listen to Professor Robert Greenberg if you are interested in classical music. I find him entertaining and absolutely brilliant.

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- Bonnies40

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-08-2015
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors