With over 90 minutes of audio and video material and a rich array of photographs of the main players, the enhanced eBook of Brendan Ward’s The Beethoven Obsession tells the story of how the greatest piano music ever written acquired a unique Australian voice, played on a revolutionary grand piano that shook up the conservative music establishment. Listen to the maestro’s music as you read this fast-paced drama of frustration, envy, rivalry, struggle and success, starring a self-taught child prodigy who sold condoms and contraband to advance his studies; a fanatical inventor who took apart pianos as a child to examine their ‘gizzards’; and a TV cameraman who became a music entrepreneur to translate the music he loved into an Australian first.
Their unorthodox, historic odyssey created multi-award-winning, best-selling albums and changed their lives forever.
A friend recommended this to me as a way of getting to know more about classical music, especially Beethoven. She was right. Being able to click on words to hear and see what the author is talking about was great. I wish more people put out books about music like this! It was also a really interesting story about the arts in Australia and the politics of it all. Thank you for the lack of jargon! Loved it.
A good journey
Reading this along with the audio was so enjoyable, highly recommended.
A must read
An Aussie flavoured, behind the scenes look at how a music obsession came together. Easy reading, great interactive content and a perfect compliment to the cd recordings. If you love music, this is a must. 5 stars.