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The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination (Book)

Item# 9780804170192


The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination (Book)
By Matthew Guerrieri

A TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2012
A New Yorker Best Book of the Year
Los Angeles Magazine's #1 Music Book of the Year

Da-Da-Da-DUM. We all know those famous notes. The First Four Notes is a book about Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, specifically, about that symphony’s opening four notes. Author Matthew Guerrieri uncovers a wealth of details about this work, one of the most recognizable and popular pieces ever written, and explores its history and impact throughout the years.

“How do four simple notes—da-da-da-DUM—inspire everyone from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mao Zedong to the Nazis and the Allies in WWII? Guerrieri uncovers everything you’d ever want to know about Beethoven’s most famous symphony, from its composition in 1808 to its disastrous premiere through its more recent incarnation as a rallying cry for both discotheques and cellphone ringtones.” -Los Angeles Magazine, #1 Music Book of the Year

“A pleasure… Enormously entertaining, endlessly informative…Guerrieri is a friendly, chatty guide.” - The Boston Globe
 

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x .8 inches

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