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Beethoven Variations

Poems on a Life

Author: Ruth Padel  

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From the author of the bestselling Darwin- A Life in Poems , Ruth Padel's new collection follows in the footsteps of one of the world's greatest composers, Beethoven, and investigates what his life and music might mean to us today

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From the author of the bestselling Darwin- A Life in Poems , Ruth Padel's new collection follows in the footsteps of one of the world's greatest composers, Beethoven, and investigates what his life and music might mean to us today

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From the author of the bestselling Darwin- A Life in Poems, Ruth Padel's new collection follows in the footsteps of one of the world's greatest composers, Beethoven, and investigates what his life and music might mean to us today

Two hundred and fifty years since Beethoven was born, Ruth Padel goes on a personal search for him, retracing his steps through war-torn Europe of the early nineteenth century, delving into his music, letters, diaries and the conversation books he used when deaf, to uncover the man behind the legend. Her quest, exploring the life of one of the most creative artists who ever lived, turns more personal than she expects, taking her into the sources of her own creativity and musicality. From a deeply musical family herself, Padel's parents met through music, and she grew up playing chamber music on viola - Beethoven's instrument as a child. Her father's grandfather, a concert pianist born on the German-Danish border, studied in Leipzig with a friend of Beethoven before immigrating to the UK. The poems in this illuminating biography in verse conjure not only Beethoven's life and personality, but her own music-making and love both of the European music-making tradition to which her father's family belongs, and to the continent itself Europe.

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Critic Reviews

“"Two lives drawn beneath the lens, the composer's and her own, interacting in ways that can be bold and, finally, breathtaking. On the Eroica Padel is spectacular. The composer is 'fire-dust, gold-flight / winching upwards into pure light' as he drives 'forward into a new-world dawn / thrilling with dissonance, calling up wild-steel angels.'" -Paul Griffiths, Times Literary Supplement "With a conversational intimacy, much like the composer's chamber works, it is the orchestration of one life through the prism of another, structured around Padel's expansive empathy. Padel's light touch recharges the reader's perception of the unfolding drama of the composer's life." - Los Angeles Review of Books "How to uncover from biographical details the mystery that is music? With precision, heart-breaking beauty and lyric insight, Ruth Padel performs a miracle: Beethoven comes alive before us, the son of a drunk, who became a genius, and lost everything, and found his way back to the center. And here we are, following Padel's own genius for composing the music of a story via lyrical means. You will find your heart shored up / by meeting the trapped brilliance of his eyes , she writes. Indeed." --Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic "Poetry, biography, music and memoir collide in this wonderful collection, a tender and evocative portrait of the man and his music" -Francesca Carington, Tatler (Best Books of 2020) "Beethoven's music encompasses the entire blinding spectrum of human thought and emotion, from violent to ethereal, from chaos to sublimity. Ruth Padel's poems encompass that uncontainable spirit to an astounding degree, and preserve the primal shock of our first hearing." --Alex Ross, author of The Rest is Noise, music critic of The New Yorker "Profound reflections on Beethoven's life and music." -- Catholic New York "What a wonderful and unusual idea. Ruth Padel writes with true passion; her love for, and understanding of, the man and his music shine through each poem." --Steven Isserlis, cellist " Beethoven Variations is absolutely wonderful! Steeped in the music, and in aspects of his life we maybe never think about--a fascinating summation of Beethoven!" --Sean Rafferty, In Tune , Radio 3”

Beethoven's music encompasses the entire blinding spectrum of human thought and emotion, from violent to ethereal, from chaos to sublimity. Ruth Padel's poems encompass that uncontainable spirit to an astounding degree, and preserve the primal shock of our first hearing -- Alex Ross, author of The Rest is Noise, music critic of the New Yorker What a wonderful and unusual idea. Ruth Padel writes with true passion; her love for, and understanding of, the man and his music shine through each poem -- Steven Isserlis, cellist Poetry, biography, music and memoir collide in this wonderful collection from Ruth Padel... A tender and evocative portrait of the man and his music, and most of all the profound ways it affects listeners and performers Tatler How to uncover from biographical details the mystery that is music? With precision, heart-breaking beauty and lyric insight, Ruth Padel performs a miracle: Beethoven comes alive before us, the son of a drunk, who became a genius, and lost everything, and found his way back to the center. And here we are, following Padel's own genius for composing the music of a story via lyrical means. You will find your heart shored up / by meeting the trapped brilliance of his eyes, she writes. Indeed -- Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic

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About the Author

Ruth Padel is a prizewinning poet, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Professor of Poetry at King's College London. Her recent collections include Darwin- A Life in Poems, on her great-grandfather Charles Darwin; The Mara Crossing, on migration and immigration; Tidings- A Christmas Journey, and Emerald, a poignant elegy for her mother. She lives in London.

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Product Details

Publisher
Vintage Publishing | Chatto & Windus
Published
30th January 2020
Pages
144
ISBN
9781784742515
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