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Who was Beethoven's 'Immortal Beloved'?

After Ludwig van Beethoven’s death, a love letter in his writing was discovered, addressed only to his ‘Immortal Beloved’. Decades later, Countess Therese Brunsvik claims to have been the composer’s lost love. Yet is she concealing a tragic secret? Who is the one person who deserves to know the truth? Becoming Beethoven’s pupils in 1799, Therese and her sister, Josephine, followed his struggles against the onset of deafness, Viennese society’s flamboyance, privilege and hypocrisy and the upheavals of the Napoleonic wars. While Therese sought liberation, Josephine found the odds stacked against even the most unquenchable of passions....

©2020 Jessica Duchen (P)2020 W F Howes

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fabulous book

I very much enjoyed diving into the story of Beethoven and the people around him, the society structure of the time, the women and their standing. The writing takes you into this world magically and I am reluctant to let go. The only niggle is the less than perfect pronunciation of German place names, composition titles etc. It feels like a little more effort there would have lifted it to another level.

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