Christine Eichel: The Sensitive Titan. Blessing Verlag (Hardcover, 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899, Germany)

The Sensitive Titan

Ludwig van Beethoven in the light of his most important works

Original Title: Der empfindsame Titan

Hardcover with jacket, 432 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in., 14 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-89667-624-5
€ 22.00 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: November 11, 2019
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Christine  Eichel - The Sensitive Titan


From the Moonlight Sonata to the Ninth – what do the six most famous works by Beethoven tell us about his personality?

During his childhood in Bonn, Beethoven suffered through the "drama of the gifted child", being driven to constant practice by his father, who was as tyrannical as he was unstable. The boy avoided paternal pressure by fantasizing freely at the piano whenever he could, a practice that later strongly influenced his great works.

Later on in Vienna, too, his life was full of struggles and tension: unhappy love affairs, quarrels with noble patrons, ever new diseases, the gradual deafness and the taxing fight for guardianship over his nephew Karl. Beethoven was able to act out the constant psychological pressures through his compositional work, in particular by breaking rules. Both in his symphonies and in chamber music he introduced new genres, and in his piano sonatas he dispensed with the familiar sequence of movements. He created strong contrasts that were shocking for his contemporaries, and which still electrify listeners today. Never before had a composer presented his inner life and his emotional world so radically.

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy," was his credo. Is it still true today?

"Christine Eichel's biography is a masterpiece [...] Linguisticially enchanting, historically exciting and […] highly entertaining"



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