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Beethoven had numerous amorous encounters over the years, some more serious than others, but things came to a head in 1812. That year he wrote a love letter to his 'Immortal Beloved' whose identity has given rise to endless speculation ever since. Donald introduces songs written for the most likely candidate, Antonie Brentano, and, in the year which saw a turning point in Beethoven's musical style, the final major work of that period - his 8th symphony. Donald Macleod explores key music and events of Beethoven's year.

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Wed 12 May 2010 22:00

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