The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to find out who this beloved was--not easy, as Beethoven has had many women in his life.
The genius behind the music. The madness behind the man. The untold love story of Ludwig von Beethoven.
Did You Know?
Beethoven's doctor ordered him to spend the summer of 1812 at the spa in Teplitz. It is certain that he was at Teplitz when he wrote a love letter to his "Immortal Beloved." Her identity has long been a subject of debate with possible candidates including Julie Guicciardi, Therese Malfatti, Josephine Brunsvik, and Antonie Brentano. See more
At his first public recital, Ludwig was eight years-old (some sources report seven) and his father announced him as six, yet the movie conveys, via voiceover, that Ludwig was "12 and his father told the court he was nine". See more
Ludwig van Beethoven
[startled to discover he has been tricked into playing piano for people observing him behind the wall
It is terrible, terrible for you to rob me in this way of my most treasured feelings!
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Murray Perahia See more