“A big, bold biography.” Library Journal
“Breathtaking . . . Suchet has turned his vast knowledge, imagination and passion [into] . . . a memorable life that abounds with the kind of details often overlooked by researchers focused only on verifiable facts. . . . [Suchet’s] intuitive understanding of human nature, social history, and psychological insight . . . unwraps Beethoven’s life as a lively connected narrative, energized on every page.” Bookreporter
Beethoven scholar and classical radio host John Suchet has had a lifelong interest in the man and his music. Here, Suchet illuminates the composer’s difficult childhood, his struggle to maintain friendships and romances, his ungovernable temper, his obsessive efforts to control his nephew’s life, and the excruciating decline of his hearing. This absorbing narrative provides a comprehensive account of a momentous life, as it takes the reader on a journey from the composer’s birth in Bonn to his death in Vienna. Chronicling the landmark events in Beethoven’s careerhis competitive encounters with Mozart to the circumstances surrounding the creation of the well-known Für Elise and Moonlight Sonatathis book enhances understanding of the composer’s character, inspiring a deeper appreciation for his work. Beethoven scholarship is constantly evolving, and Suchet draws on the latest research, using rare source material, some of which has never before been published in English.