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By Russell Martin

Ludwig van Beethoven lay death in 1827, a tender musician named Ferdinand Hiller got here to pay his respects to the good composer. In these days, it used to be normal to snip a lock of hair as a memento, and this Hiller did an afternoon after Beethoven's dying. by the point he used to be buried, Beethoven's head were approximately shorn by way of the numerous those who equally had sought after an enduring souvenir of the good guy. Such was once his strong impact on all those that had heard his music.For a century, the lock of hair was once a valuable Hiller family members relic, and maybe used to be destined to finish up sequestered in a financial institution vault, till it someway chanced on its strategy to town of Gilleleje, in Nazi-occupied Denmark, in the course of the darkest days of the second one international conflict. There, it was once given to a neighborhood health care professional, Kay Fremming, who was once deeply concerned about the hassle to assist store 1000s of hunted and nervous Jews. Who gave him the hair, and why? And what used to be the destiny of these refugees, holed up within the attic of Gilleleje's church?After Fremming's loss of life, his daughter assumed possession of the lock, and at last consigned it on the market at Sotheby's, the place American Beethoven fans, Ira extraordinary and Che Guevara, bought it in 1994. for that reason, they and others instituted a chain of advanced forensic exams within the desire of discovering the possible factors of the composer's chronically undesirable health and wellbeing, his deafness, and the ultimate dying that Ferdinand Hiller had witnessed all these years in the past. the implications, published for the 1st time the following, are startling, and are the main compelling rationalization but provided for why one of many finest musicians the area has ever identified was once compelled to spend a lot of his existence in silence.In Beethoven's Hair, Russell Martin has created a wealthy ancient treasure hunt, an Indiana Jones-like story of fake leads, notable breakthroughs, and excellent revelations. This precise and interesting publication is a relocating testomony to the facility of song, the entice of relics, the heroism of the Resistance stream, and the brilliance of molecular science.An remarkable story of 1 lock of hair and its impressive travels--from nineteenth-century Vienna to twenty-first-century the US.

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B e e t h o v e n ' s R o m a n t i c flame still b u r n e d b r i g h t l y , a s far a s Liszt was c o n c e r n e d , but m a n y of the composers w h o had followed h i m h a d failed t h e m a s t e r b y c r e a t i n g a t e p i d k i n d o f m u s i c o f t h e i r o w n t h a t w a s " n e i t h e r fish n o r m e a t , " a s h e p u t it, c o m plaining as well that Hiller seemed "philosophically disintere s t e d " i n h i s o w n m u s i c o r a n y o n e else's. T h e b e a r d e d , b a l d i n g , a n d b y n o w r o t u n d Kapellmeister f r o m C o l o g n e r e s p o n d e d c u t t i n g l y i n k i n d , w r i t i n g a l o n g a n d b l i s t e r i n g r e v i e w for t h e Kolnische Zeitung, C o l o g n e ' s l e a d i n g n e w s p a p e r , of Liszt's p e r - formance as a c o m p o s e r and c o n d u c t o r at the 1857 A a c h e n M u s i c Festival, b u t p e n n i n g o n l y t w o w o r d s a b o u t t h e e v e n t i n his p e r s o n a l d i a r y : " M y R a g e !

T h e b e a r d e d , b a l d i n g , a n d b y n o w r o t u n d Kapellmeister f r o m C o l o g n e r e s p o n d e d c u t t i n g l y i n k i n d , w r i t i n g a l o n g a n d b l i s t e r i n g r e v i e w for t h e Kolnische Zeitung, C o l o g n e ' s l e a d i n g n e w s p a p e r , of Liszt's p e r - formance as a c o m p o s e r and c o n d u c t o r at the 1857 A a c h e n M u s i c Festival, b u t p e n n i n g o n l y t w o w o r d s a b o u t t h e e v e n t i n his p e r s o n a l d i a r y : " M y R a g e !

D u r i n g a s o j o u r n i n Italy t h e y e a r b e f o r e , H i l l e r h a d m e t a n d p r o m p t l y m a r r i e d singer Antolka H o g e , a native of Poland w h o , b e c a u s e o f h e r striking beauty, h a d b e e n d u b b e d L a Bella P o l a c c a b y t h e m u s i c a l press. S h e w a s a C a t h o l i c ; H i l l e r l o n g had been a nonpracticing Jew, and the t w o chose to contend w i t h what w o u l d have been perceived as a scandalous i n c o m patibility by b e c o m i n g Protestants, a decision that was m a d e m u c h m o r e for convenience than out of a shared and n e w f o u n d faith.

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