In this biographical portrait, a titanic personality is revealed, both vulnerable and belligerent, comic and tragic, and above all heroic, as he comes to grips with perhaps the most challenging disability a musician can suffer. No man’s music is more universal; few men’s lives are more inspiring. Yet almost every work was the result of passionate struggle. In every sense but one—his modest height—Beethoven was a giant.
About the Author
Jeremy Siepmann is an internationally acclaimed writer, musician, teacher and broadcaster. He has contributed articles, reviews and interviews to numerous journals and reference works (including The New Statesman, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine). His previous books include a widely acclaimed biography of Chopin, two volumes on the history and literature of the piano, and biographies of Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven.