'Indispensable and reliable source for Beethoven scholarship.' The Strad 'Rich in pathos and novelistic detail ... the memoir covers the last year of Beethoven's life and it truly is a gem.' Financial Times ' ... one of the most candid memoirs of the Master'. BBC Music 'This good translation, wisely annotated and well-illustrated, brings us close to Beethoven the man, seen through the boy's keen eyes.' The Observer 'Breuning is full of little personal touches. ... It is in his self-portraits as much as his picture of the composer that Breuning is so touching.' The Guardian
This is a firsthand account, translated into English, of Gerhard von Breuning, the son of one of Beethoven's oldest friends and a favourite of the ageing composer, which provides us with telling details about Beethoven's daily life, his personality, his relationships with family and friends, his sickroom and ultimately his death.