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Beethoven's tenth : a novel

Author: Richard Kluger
Publisher: Los Angeles : Rare Bird Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When the assistant manager of a hardware store in rural New Jersey shows up at the offices of Cubbage & Wakeham, an elite New York auction house, with a worn musical manuscript he hopes to sell for a small (or perhaps hefty) fortune, he is greeted with subdued snickers--and not surprisingly. The title page of the document reads, 'William Tell: A Dramatic Symphony' and is signed 'Ludwig van Beethoven.' The bearer of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Novels
Named Person: Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Kluger
ISBN: 1945572981 9781945572982
OCLC Number: 1022978752
Notes: "This is a Genuine Vireo Book"--Title page verso.
Description: 398 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Richard Kluger.

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"When the assistant manager of a hardware store in rural New Jersey shows up at the offices of Cubbage & Wakeham, an elite New York auction house, with a worn musical manuscript he hopes to sell for a small (or perhaps hefty) fortune, he is greeted with subdued snickers--and not surprisingly. The title page of the document reads, 'William Tell: A Dramatic Symphony' and is signed 'Ludwig van Beethoven.' The bearer of the composition claims he recently came upon it in an old attic trunk while cleaning out his lately deceased grandfather's home in Zurich; several accompanying documents suggest the work was written there during the summer of 1814. Since virtually all lovers of classical music--and many others who can't tell Stravinsky from Springsteen--know that Beethoven wrote nine sublime symphonies, and so evidence of a new-found tenth one by the supreme master of that musical form sets off an instant international uproar. Is the seemingly miraculous discovery the genuine article or an ingenious hoax? To solve the tantalizing puzzle before placing the manuscript on the auction block at risk of becoming a global laughingstock, Cubbage & Wakeham's management organizes a team of intensely skeptical investigators, among them the world's top Beethoven scholars and forensic experts, all of them out to prove the find a fraud. But as evidence to the contrary begins to pile up, tensions rise among the corps of authenticators, the financial stakes soar as would-be exploiters of the symphony gather, the governments of five nations seek to claim the work as a national treasure, and the mystery artfully spun by novelist Richard Kluger deepens by the day"--

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..".this seven-course banquet of musical legend and coldhearted fraud."--Kirkus Reviews "For any who love Ludwig von Beethoven's music, this novel is a must for its biography. For everyone else, it's Read more...

 
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