In 1812, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote three letters to an unnamed woman whom he called his "Immortal Beloved." The letters were discovered after Beethoven's death, and ever since there has been speculation regarding the identity of this woman. In Beethoven's Immortal Beloved: Solving the Mystery, Edward Walden meticulously presents his case that the woman Beethoven loved was Bettina Brentano, a talented musician in her own right.
Setting the foundation for his argument, Walden begins with a general historical narrative that interweaves the lives of three principal protagonists: Beethoven, the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Bettina Brentano. Walden explores the key elements of the factual narrative and shows how these elements support his claim that Bettina was the Immortal Beloved. In addition, Walden addresses the attacks that other Beethoven scholars have made against Bettina and reveals how such criticisms were mistaken or unjustified.
Thoroughly and rigorously researched yet presented in a clear, engaging style, Beethoven's Immortal Beloved will appeal to Beethoven scholars, music lovers, and general readers alike, who will be captivated by the solving of this fascinating mystery.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Edward Walden is a retired lawyer currently residing in Ontario, Canada. He has previously written articles on the Immortal Beloved for The Beethoven Journal.
Table of Contents
Introduction William Meredith Ira F. Brilliant ix
1 Beethoven's Letter to the Immortal Beloved 1
2 The Case for Bettina 6
3 Beethoven and Bettina after 1812 21
4 The Mysterious Missing Letters 27
5 The Teplitz Letter and the Ilius Manuscript 36
6 Bettina's Concept of Love 42
7 The Beethoven-Bettina Romance 50
8 Beethoven the Poet 63
9 The Tarnishing of Bettina's Reputation 67
10 Beethoven's Goethe Songs 81
11 A Modern Analysis 93
12 The Antonie Theory 102
13 Synopsis and Conclusion 120
Appendix A English Translation of Beethoven's Letter to the Immortal Beloved 129
Appendix B English Translation of Beethoven's Surviving 1811 Letter to Bettina 133
Appendix C English Translation of Beethoven's Missing 1812 Teplitz Letter to Bettina 135
About the Author 145
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