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2020 marks 250 years since Beethoven’s birthLudwig van Beethoven: to some, simply the greatest ever composer of Western classical music. Yet his life remains shrouded in myths, and the image persists of him as an eccentric genius shaking his fist at heaven. Beethoven by Oxford professor Laura Tunbridge cuts through the noise in a refreshing way.This tour de force – published for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth – provides a fresh overview and a wealth of material that has never been revealed to the wider public before. It’s a compelling, human portrayal of Beethoven and a fascinating journey into one of the world’s most amazing creative minds.


Laura Tunbridge