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Beethoven variations : poems on a life

Title
Beethoven variations : poems on a life / Ruth Padel.
Author
Padel, Ruth, 1946-
Publication
London : Chatto & Windus, 2020.

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Description
131 pages : illustrations; 22 cm
Uniform Title
Poems. Selections
Alternative Title
Poems.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Biographical poetry.
  • Poetry.
Call Number
JFD 20-3513
ISBN
  • 1784742511
  • 9781784742515
  • 9781473558588 (ePub ebook) (canceled/invalid)
LCCN
2020376921
Author
Padel, Ruth, 1946- author.
Title
Beethoven variations : poems on a life / Ruth Padel.
Publisher
London : Chatto & Windus, 2020.
Type of Content
text
still image
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Summary
"Ruth Padel's new sequence of poems, in four movements, is a personal voyage through the life and legend of one of the world's greatest composers. She uncovers the man behind the music, charting his private thoughts and feelings through letters, diaries, sketchbooks, and the conversation books he used as his hearing declined. She gives us Beethoven as a battered four-year-old, weeping at the clavier; the young virtuoso pianist agonized by his encroaching deafness; the passionate, heartbroken lover; the clumsy eccentric making coffee with exactly sixty beans. Padel's quest takes her into the heart of Europe and back to her own musical childhood: Her great-grandfather, who studied in Leipzig with a pupil of Beethoven's, became a concert pianist before migrating to Britain; her parents met making music; and Padel grew up playing the viola, Beethoven's instrument as a child. Her book is a poet and string player's intimate connection across the centuries with an artist who, though increasingly isolated, ended even his most harrowing works on a note of hope." --Amazon.com.
Other Form:
ebook version : 9781473558588
Research Call Number
JFD 20-3513
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