Joseph Dalton Talks “Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph”

Beethoven Anguish and Triumph

Noon • Tuesday, April 28th 2015
Albany Public Library (Main Branch) • Albany, NY

If books on classical music are your thing, then join music journalist, critic, and Hudson Sounds founder Joseph Dalton at the Albany Public Library on Tuesday for his take of Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph [Aug 2014] by Jan Swafford.

As a composer Jan Swafford’s music has been played around the country and abroad by ensembles including the symphonies of St. Louis, Indianapolis, and the Dutch Radio; Boston’s new-music groups Musica Viva, Collage, and Dinosaur Annex; and chamber ensembles including the Peabody Trio, the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee, and the Scott Chamber Players of Indianapolis.

Swafford is also a longtime writer of program notes and pre-concert lecturer for the Boston Symphony, and has written notes for the orchestras of Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago, and Toronto. His journalism appears regularly in Slate. On radio he has been heard commenting on this and that for NPR, CBC, and BBC.
And then he is also a biographical author of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms, biographies that  have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life.

His most recent biography is of Ludwig van Beethoven explores the life of the composer, from Enlightenment-era Bonn to the musical capital of Vienna, describing the composer’s career, ill health, and romantic rejections.

“Jan Swafford’s 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. Throughout, Swafford offers insightful readings of Beethoven’s key works.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, publisher

There’s a lot to cover, not just because Beethoven is a big topic, but also because the book runs more than 900 pages. No doubt, Joseph Dalton’s talk will be insightful and lead to some interesting conversation on the iconic composer and his music. This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Albany Public Library. We hope you get to go!

Meanwhile, take a listen to an interview with Jan Swafford talking about Beethoven with Arun Rath on National Public Radio by clicking arrow in the bottom left hand corner in the image below.

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