Synopses & Reviews
The essential introduction to the world's foremost composer and to the hidden pleasures of classical music.
Beethoven's enduring popularity eclipses all other composers. Over a century and a half has passed since his death, yet his towering accomplishments remain the standard against which all other Western music has been judged. This fascinating and accessible guide to understanding both the man and the musician is also a rewarding exploration of the basics of classical music itself.
From the Hardcover edition.
As a critic, reviewer, broadcaster and producer, Robert Harris demystifies the lovely sound of the world's preeminent composer in this lively and accessible introduction to both Beethoven's monumental work and his tortured personal life.