This is true biography in the language of the subject: music. To paraphrase the above quotation: “The Proper Study of Music Is Music.”
There are biographies of composers which describe their lives ad infinitum and give endless details ad nauseum. They are better than nothing, but this biographer knows his subject better: Beethoven's life is described in words and music.
Here is the highest accolade: the biographer's motive is pure.
It is a time-honored and oft-used method to restore peace of mind in the face of a disturbing report: deny it and criticize the source.
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