The Ninth : Beethoven and the World in 1824

Author(s): Harvey Sachs


A decade after the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars had given way to an era of retrenchment and repression, 1824 became a watershed year. The premiere of the Ninth Symphony, the death of Lord Byron - who had been aiding the Greeks in their struggle for independence, Delacroix's painting of the Turkish massacre of Greeks at Chios and Pushkin's anti-tyrannical play Boris Godunov all signalled that the desire for freedom was not dead. And all of these works and events were part of the flowering of the High Romantic period. In "The Ninth", eminent music historian and biographer Harvey Sachs employs memoir, anecdote and his vast knowledge of history to explain how the premiere of Beethoven's staggering last symphony was emblematic of its time - a work of art unlike any other - and a magisterial, humanistic statement that remains a challenge down to our own day and for future generations.


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An absorbing look at Beethoven's towering Ninth Symphony, and its vibrant historical context.

"All music lovers should run, not walk, to purchase "The Ninth".""--San Francisco Chronicle" "An inspiring examination of one of music's supreme masterpieces.""--Pittsburgh Tribune Review" "Insightful . . . Reading this book, you feel for the composer, trying to bond with others through an astonishing symphony.""--The New York Times" "Sachs' enthusiasm is infectious, his knowledge impressive.""--USA Today" "A revelatory ride through a creative time and four symphonic movements.""--The Dallas Morning News" "Will send readers to their CD players.""--The Washington Post"

Harvey Sachs is a writer and music historian. His many books include standard biographies of Arturo Toscanini and Arthur Rubinstein, Music in Fascist Italy and Virtuoso. He assisted Placido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti with their memoirs and has written for many journals and newspapers including the TLS, the Guardian, the Observer, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

General Fields

  • : 9780571221462
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : 0.196
  • : July 2011
  • : September 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Harvey Sachs
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 240
  • : Illustrations, ports.