Ulrich Drüner: The Two Lives of Ludwig van Beethoven. Blessing Verlag (Hardcover, Biographies)

The Two Lives of Ludwig van Beethoven

Original Title: Die zwei Leben des Ludwig van Beethoven

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 528 pages, 15.0 x 22.7 cm, 5.9 x 8.9 in., 56 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-89667-633-7
€ 24.00 [D] | € 24.70 [A] | CHF 33.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: July 27, 2020
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Ulrich  Drüner - The Two Lives of Ludwig van Beethoven


An exciting new look at the great break in the life and work of the composer

Ulrich Drüner tells the life of Ludwig van Beethoven from a new perspective: he traces the conditions under which Beethoven was creative. He shows that both the relationship with the "immortal lover", Josephine, and the friendship with the Austrian Archduke Rudolph went much deeper than previously assumed and that both had an immense influence on the composer Beethoven as well. And he impressively demonstrates how Beethoven, after Josephine's death, adopted frighteningly misogynistic traits in his thoughts and actions.

As a long-standing orchestral musician, Ulrich Drüner reassesses the problems that Beethoven had with his gradual deafness in his biography. He makes it clear how the gradual loss of hearing not only caused Beethoven social problems, but also forced him to rediscover himself anew as an artist. As a person and composer, Ludwig van Beethoven led two quite different lives, one before and one after his hearing loss. The setbacks and gains associated with this break in his life plan become clearer than ever in Ulrich Drüner's biography.


"This great book will even leave experts better informed." Die Zeit on Richard Wagner – Staging a Life

"Very convincing. [...] Staying true to the sources, a portrait evolves that is nowhere superficial. One of the premier Beethoven books of the year."

Deutschlandfunk Musikjournal


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