SOME READING RECOMMENDATIONS...
If you're still keen to find out more about Beethoven, these book suggestions can help carry on the experience
'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.
'Beethoven: Letters, Journals and Conversations' - Michael Hamburger
An anthology put together from Beethoven's papers and correspondence.
'Beethoven' - 'Master Musicians' Series' - Barry Cooper
A general guide, looking at Beethoven's music and his personality.
'The Beethoven Compendium' - Edited by Barry Cooper
A comprehensive, general guide to the man and his music
'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.
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.
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