John Clubbe, who holds three degrees from Columbia University, taught chiefly at Duke and the University of Kentucky. He has written books on nineteenth-century cultural history and numerous essays, primarily on Byron, Beethoven, and Napoleon. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he now lives, he has given pre-concert lectures for the Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Santa Fe Symphony.
In astonishing detail and breadth, Clubbe has--after a lifetime of study devoted to Beethoven and Napoleon--created a political biography of the composer that is unique and compelling. It has the potential to reshape our image of Beethoven as it reframes his works within the context of the revolutions and revolutionary figures the composer knew from his earliest days in Bonn. While focusing on the composer's fascination with Napoleon, Clubbe vividly brings the entire era to life, weaving reformers, revolutionary ideals and literature, censorship and repression, and the ultimate failure of the grand revolutionary experiments into one rich fabric.--Dr. William Meredith, emeritus director of the Beethoven Center, San Jose State University Using historical, artistic, and literary sources in new ways, John Clubbe illuminates Beethoven's political identity, particularly his attitude toward Napoleon. This vivid and passionate book will help anyone who cares about Beethoven's music to understand the beliefs he had to hide from the Austrian authorities.--Peter Pesic, author of Polyphonic Minds, and director of the Science Institute and musician-in-residence at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico