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The Ninth - Beethoven and the World in 1824

Harvey Sachs

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"All men become brothers . . . Be embraced, ye millions!" The Ninth Symphony, a symbol of freedom and joy, was Beethoven's mightiest attempt to help humanity find its way from darkness to light, from chaos to peace. Yet the work was born in a repressive era, with terrified Bourbons, Hapsburgs, and Romanovs using every means at their disposal to squelch populist rumblings in the wake of the French Revolution and Napoleon's wars. Ironically, the premiere of this hymn to universal brotherhood took place in Vienna, the capital of a nation that Metternich was turning into the first modern police state. The Ninth's unveiling, on May 7, 1824, was the most significant artistic event of the year, and the work remains one of the most precedent-shattering and influential compositions in the history of music-a reference point and inspiration that resonates even today. But in The Ninth, eminent music historian Harvey Sachs demonstrates that Beethoven was not alone in his discontent with the state of the world. Lord Byron died in 1824 during an attempt to free Greece from the domination of the Ottoman empire; Delacroix painted a masterpiece in support of that same cause; Pushkin, suffering at the hands of an autocratic czar, began to draft his anti-authoritarian play Boris Godunov; and Stendhal and Heine wrote works that mocked conventional ways of thinking. The Ninth Symphony was so unorthodox that it amazed and confused listeners at its premiere-described by Sachs in vibrant detail-yet it became a standard for subsequent generations of creative artists, and its composer came to embody the Romantic cult of genius. In this unconventional, provocative new book, Beethoven's masterwork becomes a prism through which we may view the politics, aesthetics, and overall climate of the era. Part biography, part history, part memoir, The Ninth brilliantly explores the intricacies of Beethoven's last symphony-how it brought forth the power of the individual while celebrating the collective spirit of humanity. From the Hardcover

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrick Egan

Length:

9h 28m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:50


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:45


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:12


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:37


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:03


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:05


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:16


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:50


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:14


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:31


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:14


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:24


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:58


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:21


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:22


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:37