Written by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Edmund Morris, Beethoven: The Universal Composer is a look at the man and music of Beethoven. It covers the cirumstances around his birth and how he grew to be a child prodigy: his ancestry of two generations of singers shows that music was in his blood. It also shows his ill health, his hearing loss, and his flirtations and love: in love with his doctor's daughter Therese Malfatti who rejects him. The book also eloquently describes what stimulated the genuis musical compositions, both popular and rare works. And it paints the picture of a genuis recluse, desperately wanting to secure (adopt) his nephew Karl to be his heir.
This report prepared by Bobby Blades