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128 Pages, 5.08 x 7.8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (CA $24.95) (US $18.95)

Publication Date: February 2021

ISBN 9780750994811

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Feb 2021)

Price: $18.95


Considered by many the world’s greatest composer, Ludwig van Beethoven achieved his ambitions against the difficulties of a bullying and drunken father, growing deafness and mounting ill-health.Here, Anne Pimlott Baker tells the story of the German composer’s life and work, from his birth in Bonn in 1770 and his early employment as a court musician, to his death in Vienna in 1827. She describes his studies with Haydn in Vienna and his work during the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon. His most financially successful period followed the Congress of Vienna in 1815, despite several unhappy love affairs and continuous worry over his nephew, Karl.Beethoven is a concise, illuminating biography of a true virtuoso.

Author Biography

ANNE PIMLOTT BAKER is a Research Associate on the New Dictionary of National Biography. From an Anglo-American background (in 1898 her grandmother was the first woman to qualify for a Harvard PhD), she read Modern History at Oxford.