Beethoven's Symphonies: An Artistic Vision


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 1.2 X 9.3 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Lewis Lockwood taught at Princeton and Harvard universities, where he is Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Emeritus. His Beethoven: The Music and the Life was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.


No one brings Beethoven's music to life as vividly as Lewis Lockwood. A towering achievement.--Alan Gilbert, music director, New York Philharmonic
Lockwood has given music lovers a great gift. By looking at historical context--who listened to Beethoven, what he read--and how the symphonies were planned, the reader gets a unique view of the creative process of one of our greatest musical minds.--Yo-Yo Ma
This remarkable book is much more than a guide to Beethoven's symphonies. By granting us access to the composer's workshop, Lockwood reveals a faltering human being whose unfaltering artistic resolution remains one of the great stories of the human spirit.--Scott Burnham, Scheide Professor of Music History, Princeton University
Lockwood elegantly imparts an enormous amount of fascinating detail, placing each symphony in the context of Beethoven's work in other genres and concert activity. What a pleasure to read!--Emanuel Ax, pianist
The preeminent Beethoven scholar traces the composer's lifelong engagement with the symphony, illuminates afresh the familiar Nine, and reminds us why these monuments claim listeners' attention today as much as they did two hundred years ago. A masterful achievement.--R. Larry Todd, arts & sciences professor, Duke University
This book contains a lifetime of love and admiration for the bedrock of classical music: Beethoven's symphonies. Lockwood's balanced approach and deep knowledge make for a majestic voyage of discovery through these familiar masterworks.--David Robertson, music director, St. Louis Symphony