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Jan Swafford

Jan Swafford
Jan Swafford (born 1946) is an American composer and author. He earned his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College and his M.M.A. and D.M.A. from the Yale School of Music. He is the author of Charles Ives: A Life with Music, Johannes Brahms: A Biography, Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph, and The Vintage Guide to Classical Music.
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What one conceives oneself to be doing and what one is perceived by one’s public to be doing are two different things. For Beethoven the New Path (what later history would name the Second, or “Heroic,” Period) was...