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Beethoven Experience-reading

If you're still keen to find out more about Beethoven, these book suggestions can help carry on the experience

    John Suchet
    'The Last Master', 'Passion and Pain' and 'Passion and Glory' - John Suchet

    Three volumes of fictional biography by John Suchet, one of the advocates for the Beethoven Experience.   Based on research and Beethoven's letters and correspondence, this is John Suchet's fictional interpretation of Beethoven's life. 

    Published by Warner Books

    Extracts from the book have been read through the Beethoven Experience.

    'Beethoven: Letters, Journals and Conversations' - Michael Hamburger

    An anthology put together from Beethoven's papers and correspondence.

    Published by Thames and Hudson

      'Beethoven' - 'Master Musicians' Series' - Barry Cooper

      A general guide, looking at Beethoven's music and his personality.

      Published by Oxford University Press

        'The Beethoven Compendium' - Edited by Barry Cooper

        A comprehensive, general guide to the man and his music

        Published by Thames and Hudson

          'Beethoven's Piano Sonatas - A Short Companion' - Charles Rosen

          The pianist and musicologist Charles Rosen examines Beethoven's piano sonatas in this book which is aimed at those who would like to play them or listen to them very closely.  To get the most out of the book, it is helpful to be able to read music.

          Published by Yale

            BBC Music Guides on Beethoven: 'The Symphonies' by Robert Simpson and 'The String Quartets' by Basil Lam

            These two guides published in the 1970s provide thorough technical analysis.

            Published by Ariel Music (BBC Publications)

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