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Beethoven: His Life & Music [With CD]

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Sourcebooks MediaFusion and Naxos proudly present this fascinating biography, complete with two CDs of his greatest works plus an exclusive website with extended compositions.
Jeremy Siepmann draws an accessible portrait of the turbulent, troubled but determined figure of Beethoven, regarded by many as the greatest composer who ever lived. And with the words comes the musi
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Sourcebooks Mediafusion (first published 2001)
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If you listen to music by Beethoven you simply cannot remain unmoved! How is this achieved? That none of us know, but after reading this book I do know about the events of his life and which pieces he composed just then. It is insightful to hear the music he composed as you learn of these events. It is a sad story, and not just due to his impending deafness. I hope that is enough to whet your interest. I highly recommend audiobooks narrated and authored by Jeremy Siepmann.
Sydney Young
Sep 26, 2014 Sydney Young rated it liked it
Makes a great case for Beethoven. I didn't realize there were so many of his works I don't know in addition to the ones I do. Chopin is still my favorite, but I have new music to explore now and I do recognize the genius.
May 09, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
I thought I'd failed to download all the parts to the audiobook, because it ended so abruptly. I was hoping for so much more, but what was there was nice. I loved that the listener gets to hear the compositions they're talking about. I learned a lot about Beethoven, who has always been my favorite classical composer. What remarkable talent and a fascinating, though rather sad life.
Jan 11, 2016 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a audio book that merges the story of his life with his music. It explains what was happening at the time and how it affected his movie. The more you know.....the more you appreciate and this is definitely true with this CD. I will appreciate Beethoven's music so much more going forward.
Karl Tenney
All I can say is WOW. I've long been interested in Beethoven's life but I had no idea it was so tortured. I can't wait to meet him and thank him for his music.
Peter Galamaga
Apr 25, 2011 Peter Galamaga rated it it was amazing
These are hands down the best audio books I've ever listened to. A detailed and interesting account of the composer's life interspersed with relevant examples of the music. Fantastic!
This audiobook injects Beethoven's music at appropriate points of the narrative to illustrate the interconnection of his life and work. It gets the job done, but the writing is mediocre.
Nov 17, 2012 Madison rated it really liked it
I'm reviewing this over a year after I finished it. According to my memory, it was pretty good.
Aug 08, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Mixture of appreciation of the music and a light biography. Should read more of Jeremy Siepmann's bios.
Nov 18, 2012 aloveiz rated it really liked it
Excellent biography
Apr 03, 2014 Patience rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still like Beethoven in spite of reading this book. I guess I follow the masses.
Chioma Chukwura
Apr 09, 2016 Chioma Chukwura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantastic Read. It is amazing how he could compose such beautiful music deaf. I shouldn't never limit myself.
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