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Maynard Solomon
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Macmillan (October 1, 1979)
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Maynard Elliott Solomon (born January 5, 1930) was a co-founder of Vanguard Records as well as a music producer.

Maynard Elliott Solomon (born January 5, 1930) was a co-founder of Vanguard Records as well as a music producer. More recently, he has become known for his biographical studies of Viennese Classical composers, specifically Beethoven (writing an influential biography and an award-winning collection of essays), Mozart (biography), and Schubert (Solomon was the first to openly propose the highly disputed theory of Schubert's homosexuality in a scholarly setting).

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Maynard Solomon is a leading authority on Beethoven, winner of the Otto Kinkeldey Award for "Beethoven Essays" .

Maynard Solomon is a leading authority on Beethoven, winner of the Otto Kinkeldey Award for "Beethoven Essays" and the author of Mozart: A Life. Paperback: 554 pages. His interest in Marxism and his psychological interpretations of musicians are well known among music scholars. In our book his 22-chapter, 554-page Beethoven (the greatest composer ever) biography is the most scholarly and thought-provoking so far and unlikely to be matched.

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The definitive biography of Beethoven, already a classic of its kind (The New York Times), setting the world standard in composer biographiesMaynard Solomon’s Beethoven has long been firmly established among music lovers and scholars alike as the standard modern biography of Beethoven.

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Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven's life and music.

Maynard Solomon's Beethoven, first published in 1977, was instantly hailed as a major reinterpretation of the life, personality, and works of the enigmatic genius. Now, a generation later, the book has been thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded by the author to incorporate new materials and the findings of later research.
  • Iseared
After reading this book I decided that Beethoven was going to be my PhD dissertation topic.
  • Mojind
Wonderfully written. Great historical and technical content.
  • Warianys
Best book about Beethoven ever!
  • Gavigamand
This book was advertised in good condition, this is false. Just about every page has copious, illegible notes scrawled over the text resulting in a difficult read. This was not mentioned in the description. Great Beethoven Biography though!
  • nadness
Maynard Solomon (born 1930) was a co-founder of Vanguard Records and music producer, but is also the author of Mozart: A Life 1st edition by Solomon, Maynard published by Harpercollins Hardcover. This book was written in 1977.

He points out the alcoholism of Beethoven's father (Pg. 10), who ridiculed his son's improvisations at the piano (pg. 17-18); Beethoven not surprisingly fantasized that he was an illegitimate child, and not the natural child of his father (pg. 23).

He observes, "there is no hint that Beethoven at this time [in Bonn] was religious, let alone that he practiced the Catholic religion into which he had been born... It seems clear that Enlightened and especially Kantian conceptions of morality served Beethoven and many of his compatriots in Bonn as a substitute theology during this period." (Pg. 37-38) Later, he notes, "Although we may be certain that Beethoven poured his deepest religious feelings into the 'Missa Solemnis,' we may be equally sure that is was not obesiance to Catholicism that prompted the work." (Pg. 306-307)

He has a chapter on Beethoven's relationship with Haydn (who claimed that Beethoven learned nothing from him), and chronicles Beethoven's growing deafness: "For almost two years I have ceased to attend any social functions, just because I find it impossible to say to people: I am deaf. If I had any other profession I might be able to cope with my infirmity, but in my profession it is a terrible handicap." (Pg. 113) "Such incidents drove me almost to despair; a little more of that and I would have ended my life---it was only MY ART that held me back. Ah, it seemed to me impossible to leave the world until I had brought forth all that I felt was within me." (Pg. 117) "In his despair and panic he felt himself to be more deaf than his actual condition warranted at the time." (Pg. 123)

He recounts Beethoven tearing the title dedication page [to Napoleon] from his 3rd Symphony (pg. 132), and he has a long speculative chapter on the identity of Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved" (he suggests Antonie Brentano). He notes that Beethoven felt himself to be his nephew Karl's father (Pg. 235), which Solomon regards as "patently pathological behavior" (Pg. 246). He notes, "Women were totally absent from the list of Beethoven's close friends during his last years." (Pg. 261), and that "Beethoven limited his sexual activity to a succession of loveless relationships which served to discharge his sexual tension but did not touch his emotions."

Controversial in many of its opinions (notably the "Immortal Beloved" chapter), this is still a very fascinating and illuminating biography.
  • Naktilar
This book came highly recommended which may have resulted in some preconceived ideas and expectaions. The book is divided into four main sections which each contain about five or six chapters. Mr. Solomon portrays the famous composer's life and times by allotting critical events and major influences individual chapters under one of the four main sections. Mr. Solomon often uses modern psychological theories to explain the dynamics that formed the young Beethoven's personality and then goes on to suggest how this may have influenced his later years. Each of the four major sections ends with a chapter entitled, "The Music," which discusses the music from each period in his life. Each chapter has its own story to tell, describing a particular event, or interactions with, one, or a group of individuals. The chapter entitled, "The Immortal Beloved," was my personal favorite because it encompassed the mystery and suspence that have long captivated Beethoven scholars concerning the identity of the only woman Beethoven loved and loved him in return. The chapter on the events surrounding his nephew Karl exposed the dark side of greatness. What I missed was the feeling of what it might have been like to sit in the audience on opening night for the premiers of Beethoven's Symphonies. Also I would have enjoyed more anaylsis of what made Beethoven's music so innovative. I did not like the arbitrary separation of his music from his life. Each section describes a part of Beethoven's chaotic life and the severe psychological problems he suffered. While the last chapter in each section reviewed the music for each period, it seems to separate the great creative genius from the troubled human being who composed it.