The Last Master: Passion and Pain, by John Suchet. Signed by author on title-page. Published by Little, Brown and Company, 1997. The second volume of John Suchet's compelling trilogy, about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, depicts the composer at the height of his powers, famous throughout Europe, championed by wealthy patrons, sought out by other musicians, yet all the time beset by the great tragedy of his life - his deafness - and struggling to come to terms with it. The reader is there as Beethoven composes the towering works of the so-called 'heroic period', the 'Eroica' Symphony, the Fifth, the 'Pastoral' Symphony, the 'Emperor' Concerto, the 'Appassionata' Sonata, the 'Kreutzer' Sonata.
Dust-jacket scuffed around edges with faint marks on front and small hole at top of spine. Binding tight and pages clean throughout.