Why Beethoven: A Phenomenon in 100 Pieces

Norman Lebrecht

Why Beethoven: A Phenomenon in 100 Pieces
Oneworld Publications
United Kingdom
2 February 2023

Why Beethoven: A Phenomenon in 100 Pieces

Norman Lebrecht

Without Beethoven, music as we know it wouldn’t exist. Who was this titan of world culture?

Lebrecht has immersed himself in the rich catalogue of Beethoven recordings and presents a unique picture of the man through his music. He selects the best recordings (freely available on Idagio, YouTube etc) of one hundred key pieces, showing the composer as we’ve never seen him before. Unruly, offensive and hopeless in so much of his life, yes, but driven to a fault and devoted to his art, conquering deafness to pen the Missa Solemnis.

In this unique biography, Beethoven emerges as a cornerstone of the world as we know it.

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