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The latest release in this value rich book/CD series brings us the great German composer who bridged the classical and romantic eras. In Beethoven's Symphonies - A Guided Tour, readers are treated to a detailed nuts-and-bolts description in easy-to-understand English of each of the famous nine Beethoven symphonies. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to read, listen, and learn more about Beethoven (1770-1827), and discover how this musical genius changed the face of orchestral music forever.

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ericglevan, October 12, 2008 (view all comments by ericglevan)
John Bell Young's Beethoven Symphonies, A Guided Tour from the Unlock the Master Series (Amadeus Press) is an immensely enjoyable read. Mr. Young succeeds in distilling his vast knowledge and understanding of these masterpieces into a form and style that are clear and comprehensible to the musical layman or amateur de musique, while remaining of substantial interest to the music professional as well. Mr. Young's advantage is that he is not only a writer of exceptional skill but also a top-rank pianist. He thus comes to the subject with an artist's keen ear to nuance, detail and expressive intent, and thereby avoids the polite decorum and often deadening chill of academe. His writing is tiger-bright, often alive and kicking. He makes no bones about the fact that the comments accompanying his guided tour through Beethoven's monumental creations are of a personal and subjective nature. However, it would be misleading to assume that his observations are somehow based on whim or mere fancy; to the contrary, it is apparent from the first paragraphs that Mr. Young's opinions are rigorously grounded in a broad knowledge of not only musical matters (i.e. analysis and style), but also are founded on an encompassing grasp of the cultural movements and ideas that contributed to making Beethoven's music possible. It is this breadth of outlook on Mr. Young's part, the fruit of an unusually supple and curious mind, that makes this rather modest book so important and refreshing, and sets it apart from others in the genre. The author's choice of Furtwangler's profound interpretations of the Symphonies is a great bonus. Highly recommended.
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ISBN:
9781574671698
Author:
Young, John Bell
Publisher:
Amadeus Press
Composer:
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Author:
Bell, Young
Author:
Bell, John Young
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Subject:
Symphonies -- Analysis, appreciation.
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Series:
Unlocking the Masters
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.00x7.04x.38 in. .60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The latest release in this value rich book/CD series brings us the great German composer who bridged the classical and romantic eras. In Beethoven's Symphonies - A Guided Tour, readers are treated to a detailed nuts-and-bolts description in easy-to-understand English of each of the famous nine Beethoven symphonies. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to read, listen, and learn more about Beethoven (1770-1827), and discover how this musical genius changed the face of orchestral music forever.
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