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The Resource Mr. Beethoven, by Paul Griffiths

Mr. Beethoven, by Paul Griffiths

Label
Mr. Beethoven
Title
Mr. Beethoven
Statement of responsibility
by Paul Griffiths
Title variation
Mister Beethoven
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"It is a matter of historical record that in 1823 the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston (active to this day) sought to commission Beethoven to write an oratorio. The premise of Paul Griffith's ingenious and delightful novel is that Beethoven accepted the commission and traveled to the United States to oversee the first performance of the work. Griffiths grants the composer an additional lease on life of several, and starting with his voyage across the Atlantic and entry into Boston Harbor, chronicles his adventures and misadventures, his happy surprises and frustration, in a new world in which, great man though he is, he finds himself a new man. Relying, apart from the initial conceit of the novel, entirely on historically attested possibilities to develop his plot, Griffith's novel not only shows Beethoven learning a form of sign language pioneered on Martha's Vineyard, struggling to reign in the uncertain inspiration of Reverend Ballou, his designated librettist, and finding a kindred spirit in the widowed Mrs. Hill, all the time keeping his hosts guessing as to whether he will in the end come through with his promised composition. (And just what, the reader also wonders, will this new piece by Beethoven turn out to be?) The book that emerges is not only an affectionate protrait of an unusual man, but a fascinating picture of the United States in its early years, a meditation on what we can and can't know about the others and the past, and an improvisation, as virtuosic as it is delicate, on an historical theme."--
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1947 November 24-
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Griffiths, Paul
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6057.R515
LC item number
M7 2021
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
New York Review Books classics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Handel and Haydn Society (Boston, Mass.)
  • Music
  • Music
Label
Mr. Beethoven, by Paul Griffiths
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9781681375809
Lccn
2020058343
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)on1228910786
Label
Mr. Beethoven, by Paul Griffiths
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9781681375809
Lccn
2020058343
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)on1228910786

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