An absorbing look at Beethoven's towering Ninth Symphony, and its vibrant historical context.
Harvey Sachs is a writer and music historian. His most recent work is The Letters of Arturo Toscanini, which he compiled, translated and edited, and he assisted Placido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti with their memoirs. He has written for many major journals and newspapers including the Times Literary Supplement, Guardian, Observer, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, New Yorker, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
"This book is a great read for expert musicians and for people who can't read a note of music. It is a very personal, loving view of Beethoven and his last symphony, but it also presents a fascinating historic panorama." - Placido Domingo"Harvey Sachs brings to the fabled Ninth Symphony the broadest range yet of cultural and artistic testimony about Beethoven and about art." - Scott Burnham, Professor of Music History, Princeton University and author of "Beethoven Hero""Harvey Sachs has written excellent books about music and musicians. Here he turns his--and our--attention to one of the great monuments of music. We think we know this symphony quite well. How wrong we are! This book will help us to understand it better." --Andras Schiff"Harvey Sachs is a superb writer, a fine musical mind, scholar, and an astute cultural historian. His new book on Beethoven's Ninth, written within the world of 1824, is a dazzling display of erudition--and high entertainment!" --David Dubal, professor, The Julliard School, and author of "Evenings with Horowitz"