Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jan Swafford

Narrated By: Michael Prichard

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: January 2015

Duration: 39 hours 14 minutes


Jan Swafford’s biographies have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world’s most iconic music.

Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that would shape all of his future work. Swafford then tracks his subject to Vienna, capital of European music, where Beethoven built his career in the face of critical incomprehension, crippling ill health, romantic rejection, and "fate's hammer," his ever-encroaching deafness.


  • Gregory Fitch

    Ives and Brahms were both immaculate and now Beethoven joins the group of divine biographies written by Mr. Swafford. A beautiful picture is painted and draws me and I feel as if I knew Beethoven like a relative. I absolutely love this book and should be considered a must have for any Beethoven aficionado. The audio reading is a joy as the narrator has a pleasing voice and made me want to listen continuously.

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