This volume was first published in 1927, on the centenary of Beethoven’s death, as part of the Masters of Music series. The author was an established biographer of organ composers, such as The Organ Works of Bach. Attributing Beethoven’s disagreeable demeanour to his childhood, the author embarks on a passionate defence of Beethoven’s essential nobility of character, hoping to assuage the then-prevalent anti-Beethoven chill and to encourage readers to discover Beethoven anew. The volume covers an overview of Beethoven’s life, followed by his personality and an assessment of his works in an exploration of the most important characteristics of Beethoven’s works and their influence on his successors.
Part 1. 1. Chapter 1. 2. Chapter 2. 3. Chapter 3. 4. Chapter 4. 5. Chapter 5. 6. Chapter 6. 7. Chapter 7. 8. Chapter 8. 9. Chapter 9. 10. Chapter 10. 11. Chapter 11. 12. Chapter 12. 13. Chapter 13. 14. Chapter 14. 15. Chapter 15. 16. Chapter 16. 17. Chapter 17. 18. Chapter 18. 19. Chapter 19. 20. Chapter 20. Part 2. 1. Beethoven’s Personality. Part 3. 1. Beethoven the Composer.
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