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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.

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. 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.

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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.

Beethoven Books – The Most Popular Books on Beethoven. by Maynard Solomon Another outstanding book from Maynard Solomon, it focuses on the music of Beethoven’s third period. If you are interested in reading more about him as well his works, here is a collection of the most popular Beethoven books that sheds light on the landmark events in Beethoven’s career – his competitive encounters with Mozart, creation of his well-known compositions Für Elise and Moonlight Sonata, the composer’s character, and more. It takes the readers through the intellectual and emotional changes in Beethoven’s outlook that likely contributed to Beethoven’s late masterworks.

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Best 5 Beethoven Books. Beethoven: The Universal Composer by Edmund Morris; Eminent Lives (October 4, 2005). Beethoven as I Knew Him by Anton Felix Schindler; Dover Publications; .

Maynard Solomon founded Vanguard Records together with his brother Seymour Solomon in 1950. His 1973 book Marxism and Art is one of the books on Marxism from this period that has been continuously in print. The label was one of the prime movers in the folk and blues boom for the next fifteen years. As well as producing many albums, he was a prolific writer of liner notes. Vanguard's first signing was The Weavers. In the late 60's Vanguard had some success with rock artists, most notably "Country Joe and the Fish" (today usually called Country Joe McDonald). There were also some recordings of jazz, blues and disco that have not stood the test of time.

The definitive biography of Beethoven, “already a classic of its kind” (The New York Times), setting the world standard in composer biographies

Maynard Solomon’s Beethoven has long been firmly established among music lovers and scholars alike as the standard modern biography of Beethoven. Now it is thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded by the author to incorporate new materials and the findings of later research to further illuminate the human dimension that underlies a series of creative events unique in the history of civilization.

In Beethoven, Solomon movingly traces the slow process by which the renowned composer reconstructed his life and ultimately arrived at a new mode of self-understanding, offering probing analyses of the composer’s deafness, romantic longings, and political outlook, and of his reshaping of the classical tradition. Solomon divides the life and works of the composer into four periods: Beethoven’s early years fraught with family troubles, and his emergence as an exemplary young court musician and virtuoso; his move to Vienna in late 1792 and subsequent conflicts with teachers and patrons and struggles for independence and recognition; the psychological, stylistic, and ideological crises that accompanied the formation of Beethoven’s “heroic” style; and the collapse of Beethoven’s marriage plans, the dissolution of his “heroic” style, and his turbulent attempt to seize the guardianship of his nephew, Karl.

Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven’s life and music, this edition of the classic biography includes a thirty-page bibliographical essay and numerous illustrations, providing a robust pictorial biography of the composer.

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  • Āłł_Ÿøūrš
Accurate, and serious biography. I haven't finished but can't wait to.
  • Peles
Maynard Solomon (84) has worn several hats over his long
life--producer of records, writer of books, writer of album
notes, and musicologist knowledgeable in at least five
languages. 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.
He divides the music of Beethoven into four periods--Bonn,
Vienna, the Heroic Period, and the Final Phase; his insights
into our beloved composer’s music are concise and creative.

In Chapter 15 he lastly solves the mystery of the Immortal
Beloved: in 39 pages he shows Beethoven’s beloved was
Johanna Antonia Josepha (Antonie, Toni) Brentano, one of
his friends’ wife, the only woman of many who said yes to
his amorous advances on her. ????
  • BOND
EXCELLENT ORCHESTRAL RENDITION OF A MASTERWORK
  • Fenius
This is a fine read if you're interested in delving into the history of genius. If you don't read music or have a score on hand (like me), some of the sections using words to describe the music and its history will be parts you can skim over. But that's a minor quibble. It is, also, a bit freudian and has been questioned by subsequent authors, but that's not a major obstacle.
  • Frlas
This incredibly well-written volume provides profuse information and reads like a novel. I could not get enough of it. Those reviewers who comment that the book is a work of psychohistory make a very valid point; yet it provides a new dimension in this composer's biography and breaks a person's otherwise reliance on Thayer and Schindler. I need see only that a work is authored by Maynard Solomon and I am sure to read it - I would enjoy listening to him as a guest on Coast-to-Coast-A.M.
  • Anarasida
Still reading it. Kind of everything you ever wanted to know about Beethoven and more. But while a lot of time is spent on giving us Beethoven's emotional life as a person, there is little indication how that may have directly affected his creative life. Did he write upbeat when he felt upbeat? Ridiculous. Near as I can tell from this book and the somewhat less detailed but more compelling Edmund Morris bio, those two aspects were on totally separate tracks.

Take the famous Heiligenstadt (sp?) Testament that both books feature. It seems to show B in a bad mood or depression. But I wonder. At the time he wrote it his creative prolificacy was at a peak as was his acceptance by his desired publics. My take on it is quite different. I think he was able to write out (in separate drafts) his Testament about what made him unhappy only because he was actually quite at peace and feelin' his oats. Once it was written, he stuffed it in a drawer and forgot it. Jus' gettin' it out of his system says I but not says them.

These artist bios, I suspect, would be better if proofread by at least one person with a longtime creative occupation. I love the detail and information. I distrust the psychology.

There is of course varied speculation re his various girlfriends and presence or lack of a sexual life. (I worried for him.) I once heard his piano solo Fur Elise, with speculation about who Elise was, which is covered in both books. If you listen carefully, it will be clear that, though he may have hated cats (one reference in a movie), Beethoven, like every artist of any kind, loved kittens and quite probably cats. Elise was, I suspect, a young cat/aging kitten who perhaps jumped on the keys deftly and lightly--listen to the touch--and may have randomly created the melody or inspiration for one. That quick touch does not permit me to visualize anything larger than say a 6-month-old kitten.

Very worth reading. Confirms Beethoven as a supreme genius with a built-in healthy and necessary rebelliousness and is giving me insights into listening to his work. Unlike the Morris book, this one has an index which is incomplete but helpful. Buy both.
  • Samugul
A modern classic. A truly deep and satisfying read. Maybe not the least biased, but a significant addition to the understanding of this unique and complicated man.
Was a gift for my husband. He love Beethoven music and long ago he want the biography. Very good edition, good paper and well writed.