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|Named Person:||Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven|
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|Notes:||At head of title: Classic fM.
|Description:||xiii, 273 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm|
|Contents:||1. The Spaniard: In which a momentous life begins 2. The Right Teacher: This boy could become 'a second Mozart' 3. Meeting Mozart: Watch out for that boy 4. Word Spreads: Young Beethoven as kitchen scullion 5. Impressing The Viennese: But Haydn feels the wrath of an angry young man 6. My Poor Hearing Haunts Me: But there is 'a dear charming girl who loves me' 7. Only My Art Held Me Back: In which Beethoven considers suicide 8. Egyptian Hieroglyphics: Napoleon is no more than 'a common tyrant' 9. O, Beloved J!: Musical failure, but will Beethoven succeed in love? 10. A Deeply Immoral Woman: Beethoven holds the most important concert of his life, and is offered a job 11. Under Cannon Fire: In which Beethoven once again tries his luck at love 12. Immortal Beloved: 'My angel, my all, my very self ' 13. An Utterly Untamed Personality: Beethoven turns again to his 'poor shipwrecked opera' 14. Into The Witness Box: How the single letter 'o' ruined Beethoven's life 15. A Musical Gift: How Rossini found Beethoven 'disorderly and dirty' 16. 'I Want To Be A Soldier': In which Beethoven gets drunk with friends 17. Two Pistols And Gunpowder: An invitation to get away from it all 18. Frightening The Oxen: 'The greatest composer of the century, and you treated him like a servant!' 19. Terminally Ill: 'His face was damp, he spat blood' 20. The Last Master: 'He was an artist, but a man as well'|
"I have loved and performed Beethoven since I was very young and have read a good deal about the life and times of this giant among composers, but John Suchet's infectious enthusiasm and fascination,