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Author(s): Jessica Duchen

Location(s): Vienna, Hungary

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1792-1828

Who was Beethoven’s ‘Immortal Beloved’?

After Ludwig van Beethoven’s death, a love letter in his handwriting was found – addressed only to his ‘Immortal Beloved’. Decades later, Countess Therese Brunsvik claimed to have been the composer’s lost love. But was she concealing a tragic secret?
Therese and her sister Josephine became Beethoven’s pupils in 1799: they followed his struggles against worsening deafness and Viennese society’s flamboyance, privilege and hypocrisy amid the upheavals of the Napoleonic wars. Yet while Therese sought liberation, Josephine found the odds stacked against even the most unquenchable of passions…

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