Beethoven - His Spiritual Development

Beethoven - His Spiritual Development

by J. W. N. Sullivan

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This antiquarian volume contains a comprehensive yet popular treatise on the life and work of Beethoven. Written in clear, plain language and full of interesting insights into the character of this master musician, 'Beethoven - His Spiritual Development' is a fascinating study ideal for those with no special knowledge of music. It deals primarily with human life in general, and will appeal to those with an interest in music, its cultural significance, and the contributions Beethoven has made to modern life and music. The chapters of this book include: 'Art and Reality', 'Music as Isolated', 'Music as Expression', 'Beethoven's Characteristics', 'The Morality of Power', 'The Mind of Beethoven', 'The Hero', 'The End of a Period', 'Love and Money', 'The Hammerclavier Sonata', 'God the Companion', and more. We are republishing this book with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

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ISBN-13: 9781446545942
Publisher: Read Books Ltd.
Publication date: 03/23/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 357,160
File size: 284 KB

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Beethoven - His Spiritual Development 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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This book is a well written piece of litterature that makes a doomed attempt at explaining what profound music really is. He(Sullivan) points out that words are totally inadequate to explain something in this other dimention, music, but proceeds to do so anyway. In the second section of the book, JWN talks more specifically about Beethoven and the profundity of his music. One of his phrases pretty well sums up what he, I and perhaps others feel, 'As for his(Beethoven's) ability to use the medium, he stands amongst the for the quality of what he wrote, he is beyond comparison.' I enjoyed this book as much for JWN Sullivan's passion for the subject as the subject itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most extraordinary books of the century. It it incredibly enlightening. If I could only take three books with me to a desert island this would be one of the books. It's not for idiot's, though. They wouldn't understand it and would probably give it a bad review. Beethoven is the greatest artist of all time, and this is the single best book ever written about him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book, worthy of of its subject. Would recommend to any one seriously interested in philosophy of music