By Edmund Morris
“Brilliant....This publication is an ideal marriage—or should still one say, duet—of topic and writer, each observe as masterly because the notes of the artist it illuminates.” — Christopher Buckley, Forbes
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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edmund Morris (The upward push of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, Dutch) is one in all America’s such a lot individual biographers, recognized for his wealthy, compulsively readable prose kind. His biography of Beethoven, some of the most sought after composers within the heritage of song, is especially a examine of genius in motion, of 1 of the few giants of Western tradition. Beethoven is one other attractive access within the HarperCollins’ “Eminent Lives” sequence of biographies by way of distinctive authors on canonical figures.
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20 October 1915. 21. Neue Badische Landes Zeitung, 29 March 1916. 22. Neue Badische Landes Zeitung, 29 March 1916. 23. The extra personnel required for this outsize work must have taxed Mannheim's resources to the limit. It is scored, for example, for 20 horns, each of whom must be of virtuoso calibre. Since it was a premiere, Furtwangler also had to teach the music to the musicians after learning it himself. 24. Furtwangler expressed his fears in a letter to Bruno Walter 2 September 1918. Source: Library of the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, New York.
21 Eschmann tempered his compliment by complaining that Furtwangler's programming for his debut season had not been characterized by the variety his predecessor infused into his own concerts. Indeed, Furtwangler's traversal of major orchestral music amounted to little more than staple works from the 19th century: one Beethoven symphony (the Fifth), Liszt's Faust Symphony, the Bruckner Fourth, and the Brahms First. Strauss7 Alpine Symphony was about the only new and major orchestral work of that season.
19 For Furtwangler's way with women was something like perfect pitch. You either have it or you don't. Furtwangler had it to spare. Pfitzner's grizzled demeanor and crotchety personality hardly made him a beau of the boudoir. Elisabeth Furtwangler recalls: Joseph Keilberth [the conductor] told me why Pfitzner said bad things about Furtw^ngler. He hated the fact that Furtwangler had hundreds of women throwing themselves at his feet. Pfitzner loved women, but they were not attracted to him. He had a wonderful wife and a lovely daughter who committed suicide.
Beethoven: The Universal Composer (Eminent Lives) by Edmund Morris