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The Essential Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer and pianist, who is regarded as one of the most influential composers in classical music. During his career, he wrote symphonies, piano sonatas, one opera, and piano concertos. Beethoven started to lose his hearing at the age of 26, and was thought to be completely deaf by his mid-40s. As his hearing got worse, Beethoven struggled to communicate with people. Beethoven’s greatest classical pieces include the Ninth Symphony, Fur Elise, the Fifth Symphony, and the Moonlight Sonata which are known throughout the world. Beethoven died in Vienna after a long illness that has been attributed to various causes. 

Here are some books about Beethoven that can be checked out from our catalog: 

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford 

Beethoven by Maynard Solomon 

Beethoven: The Man Revealed by John Suchet 

Beethoven: His Life and Music by Jeremy Siepmann 

Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener’s Companion by Geoffrey Holden Block  

The Ninth: Beethoven and The World in 1824 by Harvey Sachs 

Ludwig Van Beethoven: A Revolutionary Composer by Joanne Mattern (juvenile book) 

Here is a sampling of Music CDs that can be checked out from our catalog: 

The Complete Piano Sonatas and Concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven 

Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven                     

Symphony no. 4 in B-flat major, op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven 

Symphonie Nr. 5, C-moll, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven 

Piano sonata in A flat major, op. 26 by Ludwig van Beethoven 

My First Beethoven Album by Ludwig van Beethoven  

Beethoven’s Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies arranged by Richard Perlmutter 

Beethoven’s Wig 3: Many More Sing Along Symphonies arranged by Richard Perlmutter 

Here are some juvenile e-books about Beethoven that can be checked out from Hoopla:  

Beethoven by Ann Rachlin 

Ludwig van Beethoven by Jeff Maupa 

Beethoven For Kids by Helen Bauer 

Bold Composer by Judith Pinkerton Josephson 

Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony by Anna Harwell Celenza 

Here are some e-books about Beethoven that can be checked out from Hoopla:  

Beethoven by George Alexander Fischer 

Beethoven’s Letters by Ludwig Van Beethoven 

Beethoven – Fur Elise and Other Bagatelles (Songbook) by Matthew Edwards 

Beethoven For a Later Age by Edward Dusinberre 

Beethoven – His Spiritual Development by J.W.N. Sullivan  

Here are various printed music pieces that can be checked out from Hoopla: 

Fingerpicking Beethoven (Songbook) by Unknown  

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1-5 Transcribed for Solo Piano by Franz Liszt 

Beethoven’s Piano Music by Victor Lederer 

Beethoven – Selected Piano Works (Songbook) by Matthew Edwards  

Beethoven for Guitar (Songbook) by Unknown  

Romance in G Major by Ludwig Van Beethoven 

Bagatelles, Rondos and Other Shorter Works for Piano by Ludwig Van Beethoven 

Here is a sampling of Music CDs that can be checked out from Hoopla:   

Beethoven: Beethoven for Kids by Roberto McClausland-dieppa 

Beethoven for Babies by Various Artists 

Beethoven Favorites for Children by Various Artists 

Beethoven’s Wig 2: More Sing Along Symphonies  

Beethoven by the Australian Chamber Orchestra 

Beethoven by the Symphony Orchestra of Moscow State Philharmonic Society 

Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies Complete by Various Artists 

Beethoven: Overtures by Berliner Philharmoniker 

Beethoven: The Essentials by Various Artists 

The Very Best of Beethoven by Various Artists 


Nikki is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She enjoys reading fairytale retellings, historical fiction, and mysteries. Nikki has an obsession with iced tea and the British Royal Family. Her favorite “child” is her Lab, Scout.