By Jan Swafford
Jan Swafford’s biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have proven him as a respected tune historian, in a position to bringing his matters vibrantly to existence. His fantastic new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the dwelling, respiring person who composed a few of the world’s so much iconic song. Swafford mines assets by no means ahead of utilized in English-language biographies to reanimate the innovative ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, the place Beethoven grew up and imbibed the information that might form all of his destiny paintings. Swafford then tracks his topic to Vienna, capital of eu tune, the place Beethoven equipped his occupation within the face of severe incomprehension, crippling sick well-being, romantic rejection, and “fate’s hammer,” his ever-encroaching deafness. all through, Swafford deals insightful readings of Beethoven’s key works. greater than a decade within the making, this may be the traditional Beethoven biography for years to come.
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Replicas of the crabs were made for the obelisk in its present position. 20 Cleopatra in Egypt, Europe, and New York 32. Gorringe (1882): 75–76 (citing the research of Gaston L. Feuardent); Zanker (1990): 48–53. 33. Quoted in D’Alton (1993): 11. 34. Photographs of the advertisements and cards in D’Alton (1993): 46. 35. See the essay by Maria Wyke and Dominic Monserrat in this volume. 36. For example, the academic controversies surrounding Martin Bernal’s Black Athena: The Afrocentric Roots of Classical Civilization 1 (1987), 2 (1981); criticism in Mary R.
P. Wiseman (2003): 257–74. I thank the author and the University of Exeter Press for permission to republish the essay here. 42. The poem was originally published in Arion 14(2006): 29–34. I thank the author and Herb Golder, editor of Arion, for permission to include the poem here. 1 Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt Sally-Ann Ashton The legendary Cleopatra the public knows—the passionate, infinitely various woman of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and the stylized beauty of the 1930s and 1960s films—has little to do with the historical Cleopatra, and we can gain a sense of the historical woman by considering her alongside her predecessors, the earlier Ptolemaic queens.
Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford