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Description - The Last Master: Passion and Pain by John Suchet

Passion and Pain, the second volume of John Suchet's compelling trilogy about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, depicts the composer at the height of his powers - yet all the time beset by his deafness, the great tragedy of his life. Famous throughout Europe, championed by wealthy patrons, sought out by other musicians, Beethoven's triumphs and frustrations are shared with the reader as he composes and performs the towering works of the 'heroic period' - the 'Eroica' Symphony, the 'Emperor' Concerto, the Fifth and the 'Appassionata' Sonata - and as he struggles alone in the middle of the night to hear the great music he is creating. We learn of the one great love of his life, his 'Eternally Beloved', meet the loyal friends who eased the suffering of the genius among them, encounter Johanna, the sister-in-law he despises, and witness the invasion of Vienna by French forces, as Beethoven seeks shelter from the shells in his brother's cellar. Written as a novel, though strictly in accordance with the known facts, Passion and Pain is a monumental narrative.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780751526196
ISBN-10: 0751526193
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 30mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Sphere
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 3-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Suchet

John Suchet is an award-winning television journalist and newscaster. He is now the regular presenter of the EARLY EVENING NEWS and frequently presents NEWS AT TEN.

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