Books: Lyre v. Orchestra

GOETHE AND BEETHOVEN—Remain Rolland—Harper ($5).

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Ludwig van Beethoven were contemporaries, but it was long before they met, not long before they parted. In these four essays Remain Rolland, music-lover, Goethe expert, discussed in scholarly but readable fashion their queer relationship toward each other and toward the enthusiastic girl who tried to bring them together.

Her name was Bettina von Arnim-Brentano. She was the child of Maximiliana von Laroche, one of Goethe's many loves, and may have thought (thinks Rolland) that she was actually Goethe's daughter. Her own...

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