Author Topic: Jan Swafford biography of Beethoven  (Read 273 times)

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Offline Dave B

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Jan Swafford biography of Beethoven
« on: November 23, 2020, 08:08:32 PM »
Just started it and find it riveting. Published in 2014.
The author has two other biographies---Brahms, and Mozart.
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Re: Jan Swafford biography of Beethoven
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2020, 10:30:44 PM »
Just started it and find it riveting. Published in 2014.
The author has two other biographies---Brahms, and Mozart.

I recently finished it and I would concur that is very good apart from the index which is very muddled

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Re: Jan Swafford biography of Beethoven
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2020, 05:35:38 AM »
A fine biography although it took me a long time to read it - I had a couple of long breaks. Currently reading Swafford's biography of Brahms which is progressing a lot quicker.

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Re: Jan Swafford biography of Beethoven
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2020, 11:53:11 AM »
I found Brahms bio more enjoyable, but, yeah, Beethoven one was good too. Ives bio is another great one. Swafford is a good writer, I think.

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Re: Jan Swafford biography of Beethoven
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2020, 01:03:26 PM »
I still own his wonderful Vingtage Guide to Classical Music.  0:)
“The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

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