By Philippe A. Autexier
A biography of the good composer retraces Beethoven's outstanding existence, from his early years as a baby prodigy, via his unexpected deafness at age twenty-six and preliminary contemplation of suicide, to his artistic accomplishments past. unique.
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The Sonata for Piano and a heightened power and concentration. ^ J^^j^' for Beethoven's art profited from the suffering inflicted on him. His destiny and his life had Violin, op. 12, above. music took on a heroic aspect. Love, When You Hold Me! May 1789 Baron Zmeskall introduced Brunsvik family under the pretext that the young countesses had need of a good piano tutor. Interwoven with the pointers on keyboard technique was a In Beethoven to the tapestry of tender regards, languid sighs, half-phrases, and ambiguous messages.
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59, dedicated to the Russian ambassador, Prince Razumovsky, the Symphony no. 4 — in B-flat Major, and the Violin Concerto in D Major. seemed as though his deafness had temporarily It ajHwHi If' I j^^J^r^ ¥rr\^l " If ' T colored engraving The below shows the ex- terior of the theater where Fidelio was performed November 1805. in FIDEUO'S FAILURE abated. Beethoven could even be observed singing as he played the piano, and he accepted an opportunity to One Is Ries gave Franz Wegeler a description of the stormy perform in public.
Beethoven: The Composer as Hero by Philippe A. Autexier