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- DescriptionIn 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 was Bettina Brenta, an artistic and talented musician in her own right. Setting the foundation for his argument, Walden begins the book with a general historical and sequential narrative that interweaves the lives of the three principle protagonists: Beethoven, the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Bettina Brenta. Walden explores in detail the key elements of the factual narrative and shows how those elements support his claim that Bettina was the Immortal Beloved. In addition, Walden addresses the attacks other Beethoven scholars have made against Bettina and reveals how such attacks were mistaken or unjustified. Thoroughly and rigorously researched, yet presented in a clear and engaging style, Beethoven's Immortal Beloved will appeal to Beethoven scholars, music lovers, and general readers alike, who will be captivated by the solving of this fascinating mystery.
- Author BiographyEdward Walden is a retired lawyer currently residing in Ontario, Canada. He has previously written articles on the Immortal Beloved for The Beethoven Journal.
- Author(s)Edward Walden
- PublisherScarecrow Press
- Date of Publication07/02/2011
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintScarecrow Press
- Content Note1, black & white illustrations
- Weight457 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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