Beethoven is one of the most famous composers. Today he is acclaimed as the apotheosis of Viennese Classicism and trailblazer of Romanticism, and the influence of his works on musical history cannot be overestimated. However, who was the person and what were the stories behind the genius "Beethoven"? The music journalist Detmar Huchting sheds a light on the composer's exciting, not always easy life. Anecdotes, excerpts from letters, numerous pictures and four Music CDs with Beethoven’s most famous and beautiful works performed by renowned orchestras and first-rank interpreters make this volume an entertaining delight to read and listen to.