Beethoven : the relentless revolutionary

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New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2019].
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xix, 505 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
A fascinating and in-depth exploration of how the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and Napoleon shaped Beethoven's political ideals and inspired his groundbreaking compositions. Beethoven imbibed Enlightenment and revolutionary ideas in his hometown of Bonn, where they were fervently discussed in cafes and at the university. Moving to Vienna at the age of 21 to study with Haydn, he gained renown as a brilliant pianist and innovative composer. In that conservative city, capital of the Hapsburg empire, authorities were ever watchful to curtail and punish overt displays of radical political views. Nevertheless, Beethoven avidly followed the meteoric rise of Napoleon. As Napoleon had made strides to liberate Europe from aristocratic oppression, so Beethoven desired to liberate humankind through music. He went beyond the musical forms of Haydn and Mozart, notably in the Eroica symphony and his opera Fidelio, both inspired by the French Revolution and Napoleon. John Clubbe illuminates Beethoven as a lifelong revolutionary through his compositions, portraits, and writings, and by setting him alongside major cultural figures of the time - among them Schiller, Goethe, Byron, Chateaubriand, and Goya.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Clubbe, J. (2019). Beethoven: the relentless revolutionary (First edition.). W. W. Norton & Company.

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Clubbe, John. 2019. Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Clubbe, John. Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2019.

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Clubbe, John. Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary First edition., W. W. Norton & Company, 2019.

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