Beethoven: The Music and the Life, Lockwood

Beethoven: The Music and the Life, Lockwood


Author: Lewis Lockwood
Format: Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (2005)
ISBN: 9780393326383

"Lockwood writes with poetry and clarity — a rare combination. I especially enjoyed the connection that he makes between the works of Beethoven and the social and political context of their creation — we feel closer to Beethoven the man without losing our wonder at his genius." — Emanuel Ax

“There is no better survey of Beethoven’s compositions for a wide audience.” — The New York Times

An authoritative work offering a fresh look at Beethoven’s life, career and milieu. This brilliant portrayal weaves Beethoven's musical and biographical stories into their historical and artistic contexts. Lewis Lockwood sketches the turbulent personal, historical, political and cultural frameworks in which Beethoven worked and examines their effects on his music.

Beethoven: The Music and the Life was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About Lewis Lockwood:

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.

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