Beethoven : the man revealed / John Suchet.
- New York : Grove Press, . , ©2012
xv, 389 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
- Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827.
Composers -- Germany -- Biography.
- llluminates Beethoven's difficult childhood, his struggle to find a wife, his ungovernable temper, his emotional volatility, his tendency to push away those trying to help him, and in middle age his obsessive compulsion to control his nephew's life.
- The Spaniard : in which a momentous life begins
The right teacher : this boy could become 'a second Mozart'
Meeting Mozart : watch out for that boy
Word spreads : young Beethoven as kitchen scullion
Impressing the Viennese : but Haydn feels the wrath of an angry young man
My poor hearing haunts me : but there is 'a dear charming girl who loves me'
Only my art held me back : in which Beethoven considers suicide
Egyptian hieroglyphics : Napoleon is no more than 'a common tyrant'
O, beloved J! : musical failure, but will Beethoven succeed in love?
A deeply immoral woman : Beethoven holds the most important concert of his life, and is offered a job
Under cannon fire : in which Beethoven once again tries his luck at love
Immortal beloved : 'my angel, my all, my very self'
An utterly untamed personality : Beethoven turns again to his 'poor shipwrecked opera'
Into the witness box : how the single letter 'o' ruined Beethoven's life
A musical gift from London : how Rossini found Beethoven 'disorderly and dirty'
'I want to be a soldier' : in which Beethoven gets drunk with friends
Two pistols and gunpowder : an invitation to get away from it all
Frightening the oxen : 'The greatest composer of the century, and you treated him like a servant!'
Terminally ill : 'His face was damp, he spat blood'
The last master : 'He was an artist, but a man as well.'
- Includes index.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 080212206X (hardcover)
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