An Artistic Vision
An exploration of the unswerving artistic vision underlying Beethoven’s symphonies, from a leading scholar of the composer’s works.
Lewis Lockwood’s compelling story introduces each symphony as an individual artwork and traces the creative background of each, set against the contemporary political upheavals, the growth of concert life and the relationship to his major works in other genres. From the first symphonies to the monumental Ninth, his lifelong passion to compose works of transcendent aesthetic and moral value is brilliantly brought to life.
“...[Lockwood] paints a vivid picture of the creative context of each [symphony].” — James Macmillan, Standpoint
“[This] book will surely inspire new interest in Beethoven’s durable masterpieces.” — The New York Review of Books