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Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved

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Ludwig van Beethoven lay dying in 1827, a young musician named Ferdinand Hiller came to pay his respects to the great composer. In those days, it was customary to snip a lock of hair as a keepsake, and this Hiller did a day after Beethoven's death. By the time he was buried, Beethoven's head had been nearly shorn by the many people who similarly had wanted a lasting memento of the great man. Such was his powerful effect on all those who had heard his music.

For a century, the lock of hair was a treasured Hiller family relic, and perhaps was destined to end up sequestered in a bank vault, until it somehow found its way to the town of Gilleleje, in Nazi-occupied Denmark, during the darkest days of the Second World War. There, it was given to a local doctor, Kay Fremming, who was deeply involved in the effort to help save hundreds of hunted and frightened Jews. Who gave him the hair, and why? And what was the fate of those refugees, holed up in the attic of Gilleleje's church?

After Fremming's death, his daughter assumed ownership of the lock, and eventually consigned it for sale at Sotheby's, where two American Beethoven enthusiasts, Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara, purchased it in 1994. Subsequently, they and others instituted a series of complex forensic tests in the hope of finding the probable causes of the composer's chronically bad health, his deafness, and the final demise that Ferdinand Hiller had witnessed all those years ago. The results, revealed for the first time here, are startling, and are the most compelling explanation yet offered for why one of the foremost musicians the world has ever known was forced to spend much of his life in silence.

In Beethoven's Hair, Russell Martin has created a rich historical treasure hunt, an Indiana Jones-like tale of false leads, amazing breakthroughs, and incredible revelations. This unique and fascinating book is a moving testament to the power of music, the lure of relics, the heroism of the Resistance movement, and the brilliance of molecular science.

An astonishing tale of one lock of hair and its amazing travels--from nineteenth-century Vienna to twenty-first-century America.

Synopsis:

An adventure story starring a lock of Beethoven's hair, this irresistible true tale mixes history, music and science into a compelling narrative. Beginning in 1827, when 582 strands of the great composer's hair were cut from his scalp, the author traces the history of the lock right up to the present day.

About the Author

Russell Martin is the author of five works of nonfiction, including the highly acclaimed Out of Silence, and a novel. He lives in Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767910811
Subtitle:
An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Martin, Russell
Author:
Russell, Martin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Hiller, Ferdinand
Subject:
General
Subject:
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
Subject:
History-General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Beethoven, ludwig van, 1770-1827
Subject:
History & Criticism - By Composer
Subject:
Individual Composer & Musician
Subject:
Relics.
Subject:
Death and burial
Subject:
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 - Relics
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Music - Classical
Subject:
Music-Classical Biographies
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20011009
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Classical
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Individual Composer and Musician
Biography » Composers and Musicians
History and Social Science » World History » Austria
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust

Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved
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"Synopsis" by , An adventure story starring a lock of Beethoven's hair, this irresistible true tale mixes history, music and science into a compelling narrative. Beginning in 1827, when 582 strands of the great composer's hair were cut from his scalp, the author traces the history of the lock right up to the present day.
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