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Eroica
03 Nov 2016 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781784977207

The story of the composition and revolutionary impact of Beethoven's Third Symphony, The 'Eroica'.

Non Fiction / AVGC4 (Music)
Extent: 224 pages  Illus: 40 col illus
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Also in The Landmark Library series
Eroica: The First Great Romantic SymphonyThe Landmark Library, 3by James Hamilton-Paterson

In 1805, the world of music was set on its ears by a new work from a German composer. Intellectually and emotionally, Beethoven's Third Symphony, the 'Eroica', was revolutionary music. After those first two stunning chords, Western music was never the same again. And the whiff of actual political revolution was woven into the work, for it was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, a dangerous hero for a composer dependent on conservative royal patronage.

James Hamilton-Paterson reconstructs this great moment in Western culture, the shock of the music and the symphony's long afterlife.

The Landmark Library is a testament to the achievements of mankind from the late stone age to the present day. Each volume is handsomely illustrated and carries a text of 25,000 words devoted to a crucial theme in the history of civilization.

James Hamilton-Paterson is a novelist and non-fiction writer whose books defy easy categorisation. Gerontius won the Whitbread Prize; Cooking with Fernet Branca was longlisted for the Booker Prize. His acclaimed books on the oceans, including Seven-Tenths, have been widely translated, and his books about aviation have set new standards for writing about aircraft. Born and educated in England, Hamilton-Paterson has lived in the Philippines and Italy and now makes his home in Austria.

The writing is as indulgent as the cover suggests is will be, with a very literate and well-researched body of text... any fan of classical music who seeks to improve their contextual knowledge and understanding will benefit, and enjoy, this book' Fontes Artis Musicae

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