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Beethoven in Love; Opus 139: Concerto Quasi Una Fantasia


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A daring, compelling, and impeccably researched historical novel that offers dramatic new insight into the life of the greatest composer the world has ever known. Its fresh perspective and deeply felt understanding of Beethoven's motivations, passions, and challenges speak eloquently to us today, connecting us to our own successes, failures, and dreams, and ultimately to the true consequence of our lives.

At the moment of his death on a snowy afternoon in March, 1827, Ludwig van Beethoven pleads with Providence to grant him a final wish—one day, just a single day of pure joy. But first he must confront the many failings in his life, so the great composer and exceedingly complex man begins an odyssey into the netherworld of his past life. As he struggles to confront its ugliness, we encounter the women who loved and inspired him. In their own voices, we discover their Beethoven—a lover with whom they savor the profound beauty and passion of his creations. And it’s in the arms of his beloveds that he comes to terms with the meaning of his life and experiences the moment of true joy he has always sought.

Howard Jay Smith is an award-winning writer from Ojai, California. Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 is his third book. He taught for many years in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and has lectured nationally. His articles and photographs have appeared in the Washington Post, the VCEDA News, the Journal of the Writers Guild of America, the Ojai Quarterly, and numerous trade publications. While an executive at ABC Television, Embassy TV, and Academy Home Entertainment, he worked on numerous film, television, radio, and commercial projects. Her serves on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Symphony and is a member of the American Beethoven Society.

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Howard J. Smith
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  1. A delicious Feast 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Feb 2019

    I loved this novel. If you have ever admired Beethoven or his music, this is an exquisitely written work, one I could not put down. This masterpiece details Beethoven's life including his many struggles, his music, his love affairs and his infatuation with his Immortal Beloved -- a delicious feast that I read over and over again.

  2. Brilliant Beethoven novel 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jan 2019

    First, this book could have been entitled “Fifty Shades of Beethoven,” as it’s about love. The book is closely based on the life of the composer. I’ve read several Beethoven biographies and have never seen such care taken in characterizing the composer.
    The author obviously felt the need to get deep and philosophical. So, Napoleon Bonaparte is given the role of Charon on the River Styx – Beethoven’s personal guide to the afterlife. It worked. I love historical fiction based on historical fact and found very much of the real Ludwig van Beethoven in this book.

  3. A Masterpiece 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Dec 2018

    Can a novel be a collection of lies that tell a greater truth? Yes! In his last seconds of consciousness before death, Beethoven shakes his fist at his Creator. Why has he been cast out as history’s cruel joke, a deaf composer who was also denied family and love? He pleads with Providence to grant him one final wish— a single day of pure joy. Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 begins and ends at that moment. In-between we travel with him through a fog of memories during which he must confront his many failings before he can pass through the Gates of Elysium and find the happiness he seeks. By exploring Beethoven’s life through fiction can we better comprehend the man behind the music and in so doing find universal truths that illuminate our own lives? How do any of us come to terms with the failings of our life and find peace at the moment of our death? A brilliant and beautiful masterpiece.

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