This introduction to the towering classical composer sets the story of his life and work in the context of the revolutionary events of early-19th-century Europe.
Born in 1770, young Beethoven showed musical promise early. At 17, he was supporting himself and his brothers through his music. Although he had wealthy patrons throughout his life, his ideas about the equality of man often led to friction. Like his political views, Beethoven's musical ideas were radical. His health was never good. By the time his ninth symphony was performed, he was totally deaf, communicating with others through conversation books. Bauer’s chronological narrative reveals a man who was personally difficult and often unkempt, stubborn and certain of his own talents. He was also exceedingly diligent, constantly working and reworking his musical ideas. The author’s own extensive musical experience contributes to the breadth of this title. Sidebars and historical prints add further information about musical forms and instruments, historical events and people mentioned. Sprinkled throughout are supplementary activities of varying difficulty. These range from instructions for crafts and games to making CD covers and liner notes, thinking like a critic and making music of your own.
Part of the For Kids series, this will be particularly useful for parents and classroom teachers hoping to make the study of great music more interesting. (discography, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)