Excerpt from Beethoven as He Lived
His figure not his work. It is clear that no picture of him is complete without the music which he breathed forth and sang in his paroxysms, I have attempted to draw it, but only in its outline, only in the course of its development. Perhaps I have succeeded now and again in following the traces of the highest possession of mankind in detail; but that would need a book for itself, and the present book has another object, moreover, apart from the fact that more has already been done in the way of musical analysis than of biography, such was not part of the plan of my book and would have overburdened it.
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