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Beethoven's immortal beloved : solving the mystery

Author: Edward Walden
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1812, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote three letters to an unnamed woman, whom he called "Immortal Beloved." The letters were discovered after Beethoven's death and ever since their discovery, there has been speculation regarding whom that Immortal Beloved might have been. In Beethoven's Immortal Beloved: Solving the Mystery, Edward Walden carefully and meticulously presents his case that the woman who Beethoven loved  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Briefsammlung 1812
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Ludwig van Beethoven; Bettina von Arnim; Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven; Bettina von Arnim; Bettina von Arnim; Ludwig van Beethoven
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Walden
ISBN: 9780810877733 0810877732 9780810877740 0810877740
OCLC Number: 666490959
Description: xxxviii, 145 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Beethoven's letter to the Immortal Beloved --
The case for Bettina --
Beethoven and Bettina after 1812 --
The mysterious missing letters --
The Teplitz letter and the Ilius manuscript --
Bettina's concept of love --
The Beethoven-Bettina romance --
Beethoven the poet --
The tarnishing of Bettina's reputation --
Beethoven's Goethe songs --
A modern analysis --
The Antonie theory --
Synopsis and conclusion.
Responsibility: Edward Walden ; introduction by William Meredith.

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In this thoroughly and rigorously researched book, Edward Walden carefully and meticulously presents his case that the mysterious woman known as Beethoven's 'Immortal Beloved' was Bettina Brentano,  Read more...

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Over the past twenty years, Walden has delved into the question of the identity of the Immortal Beloved. Finding flaws in theories about the main candidates, Antonie Brentano and Josephine Brunswick, Read more...

 
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