The Classic FM Friendly Guide to Beethoven will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this famous composer, who is consistently in the top five in the Classic FM Hall of Fame (a yearly poll of the nations musical taste: 145,000 listeners took part in 2005). Why was his childhood unhappy? How did his deafness affect him? Who were the women in his life? Who was The Immortal Beloved? What was The Heiligenstadt Testament? While giving all the facts about The Man and The Music, The Classic FM Friendly Guide to Beethoven includes lively and light-hearted features, quotes and anecdotes. There are sections about Beethovens Top 20 hits (with reference to the CD) and about his music in films, and even a Beethoven Mood Chart for when you need to raise or lower your blood pressure. Classic FM, the worlds largest classical music station (9.5 million listeners per month), have teamed up with popular TV journalist and acclaimed Beethoven expert John Suchet and publishers Hodder Arnold to publish this book, which takes its title from a new Friendly Guides on-air feature.
Table of Contents
Introduction; A Friendly Word Before We Get Started; The Friendly Guide to What Was Composed When; The Story of Beethoven: The Cast List; The Spaniard; Vienna, City of Music; "I Am Deaf"; Beethoven's Women; Ludwig "von" Beethoven, "Nobleman"; A New Flower Glows; A Turbulent End; The Last Master; Have a Listen Yourself; Beethoven's Movie Music; What the Others Said About Beethoven; Where to Find Out More; Beethoven Mood Chart; Index; About the Authors.
John Suchet, a regular presenter on Classic FM, remains one of the countrys best known television newscasters, having presented all of ITNs bulletins for nearly 20 years. Before becoming a newscaster John was a reporter for ITN, covering major events around the world. He has been honoured for both roles: Television Journalist of the Year 1986, and Television Newscaster of the Year 1996. John retired from ITN in March 2004, but Channel Five television invited him back into the news studio in January 2006, and he now regularly presents Five News. Away from the news, Johns great passion is the life and work of Beethoven. He began writing the story of the great composers life in 1990. It was published in three volumes entitled The Last Master, a trilogy which earned wide acclaim. The Daily Telegraph wrote: This book is not for academics but for you and me and anyone moved by Beethovens music, and will probably do more to further understanding of the composer than any professorial paper. John now travels around the UK giving talks about Beethoven, The Last Master, accompanied by his own group of musicians. He has performed in more than 150 theatres, as well as Britains major concert halls. He has also given his talk at an international symposium in Beethovens home city, Vienna. He regularly broadcasts both on television and radio about Beethovens life and music. He was series consultant to the highly acclaimed 2005 BBC2 television series The Genius of Beethoven. In 2000 John was appointed Honorary Doctor of Laws by his old university, the University of Dundee. In 2001 the Royal Academy of Music appointed him Honorary Fellow in recognition of his work on Beethoven, and in 2003 he was elected onto the Academys Governing Body.Darren Henley joined Classic FM in 1992, becoming Managing Director of Classic FM and theJazz in 2006. He has written, edited or contributed to thirteen books about classical music and musicians. He is the co-author of The Classic FM Friendly Guides to Mozart and Elgar, and author of The Classic FM Friendly Guide to Music, presented by Tony Robinson on air in 2006/7.