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What is a novel, but a collection of lies we tell to reveal greater truths.”  

Johann Gardner


For readers who want to know more about Beethoven, his music, his life, and times, listed below are many of the books and recordings the author consulted during the writing of Beethoven in Love; Opus 139. Click on any entry to open a new window at Amazon, where they are available.



Books on Beethoven


An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven, from the Diary of a Young Lady, Fanny Giannatasio Del Rio, Ludwig Nohl, Translated by Annie Wood, Richard Bentley & Son, 1876


Beethoven, Joseph Kerman & Alan Tyson, The New Grove Series, W.W. Norton & Company, 1983


Beethoven, Second, Revised Edition, Maynard Solomon, Schirmer Trade Books, 2001


“Beethoven, A True Fleshly Father?” Susan Lund, The Beethoven Journal, 3-1, 1988


Beethoven and the Catholic Brentanos: The Story Behind Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Susan Lund, BookSurge, 2007


Beethoven and the Archduke Rudolph, Donald W. MacArdle, in Beethoven Jahrbuch, Beethovenhaus, Bonn, 1962


Beethoven and the Spiritual Path, David Tame, The Theosophical Publishing House, 1994


Beethoven, Biography of a Genius, George R. Marek, Funk & Wagnalls, 1969


Beethoven Essays, Maynard Solomon, Harvard University Press, 1988  


Beethoven—His Spiritual Development, J. W. N. Sullivan, Alfred A. Knopf, 1936


Beethoven Im Zeitgenossischen Bildness, Theodor Frimmel, Verlag Karl Konig, Wien, 1925


Beethoven: Impressions by His Contemporaries, Edited by Oscar Sonneck, G Schirmer, Inc., 1954


Beethoven, Letters, Journals and Conversations, Edited & Translated by Michael Hamburger, Thames & Hudson, 1984


Beethoven Remembered: The Biographical Notes of Franz Wegeler and Ferdinand Ries, Franz Wegeler, Ferdinand Ries, Notes by Dr. A. C. Kalisher, Translated by Frederick Bauman & Tim Clark, Great Ocean Publishers, 1987


Beethoven, The Man, The Artist, as Revealed in His Own Words, Ludwig van Beethoven, Edited by Friedrich Kerst and Henry Edward Krehbiel, Hard Press, 2010  


Beethoven: The Music and the Life, Lewis Lockwood, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003


Beethoven’s Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved, Russell Martin, Broadway Books, Random House, 2000


Beethoven’s Letters with Explanatory Notes by Dr. A.C. Kalischer, Ludwig van Beethoven, Translated by J.S. Shedlock, J.M. Dent & Sons, 1926


Beethoven’s Only Beloved: Josephine, John E. Klapproth, CreateSpace, 2012 


Diagnosing Genius, The Life & Death of Beethoven, Francois Martin Mai, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007


Die “Unsterbliche Geliebte” Beethovens; Giulietta Guicciardi Oder Therese Brunswick, Alfred Christlieb Kalischer, Verlag von Richard Bertling, 1891


Late Beethoven: Music, Thought, Imagination, Maynard Solomon, University of California Press, 2004


Letters to Beethoven and Other Correspondence, Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Translated & Edited by Theodore Albrecht, University of Nebraska Press in Association with the American Beethoven Society and the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San Jose State University, 1996


Memories of Beethoven: From the House of the Black-Robed Spaniards, Gerhard von Breuning, Edited by Maynard Solomon, Translated from the German by Henry Mins and Maynard Solomon, Cambridge University Press, Canto Edition,


Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, Volume 1, Volume 2, Revised & Edited by Elliot Forbes, Princeton University Press, 1967


The Beethoven Compendium: A Guide to Beethoven’s Life and Music, Edited by Barry Cooper, Thames & Hudson, 1996


The Letters of Beethoven, Volumes 1-3, Edited & Translated by Emily Anderson, W.W. Norton & Company, 1985  




Related Readings


A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, Translated and Compiled by Wing-Tsit Chan, Princeton University Press, 1963


Archduke Rudolf, Beethoven’s Patron, Pupil and Friend; His Life and Music, Susan Kagan, Pendragon Press, 1988


Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1787


Friedrich Schiller, Charles E. Passage, Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1975


Ghetto in Flames, Dr. Yitzhak Arad, Holocaust Library, 1982


Mozart, A Life, Maynard Solomon, Harper Perennial, 1996


Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edited and Translated by Robert Spaethling,


Napoleon, Vincent Cronin, HarperCollins, 1971


Schubert’s Vienna, Edited by Raymond Erickson, Yale University Press, 1997


Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, Translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, Alfred A. Knopf, 1972


The Bhagavad Gita, Translated by Eknath Easwaran, Nilgiri Press, Second Edition 2011


The I Ching or Book of Changes, Wilhelm/Baynes Edition, Princeton University Press, Third Edition, 1967


The Life of Friedrich Schiller: Comprehending an Examination of His Works, Charles Follen, George Dearborn & Co., 1837


The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French, Sir Walter Scott, Longman, Rees, Brown & Green, 1827


The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation, Translated by Gyurme Dorje, Penguin Books, 2005


Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx, Friedrich Schiller, 1801


Water Music: Making Music in the Spas of Europe and North America, Ian Bradley, Oxford University Press, 2010 






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