Conversation books

German edition of conversation books: "CB":

Ludwig van Beethovens Konverstionshefte. Edited by Karl-Heinz Kohler, Grita Herre, and Dagmar Beck. Leipzig: 1968-1993.11 vols. to date.

Very carefully annotated and hence a good source of information on Beethoven's last decade. Vols. 4 and 5 lack indices. Beware of Anton Schindler's forged entries!

English edition. Unfortunately, there is not yet an English translation of the complete conversion books. However, selections appear in several English-language compilations of biographical sources (see below)


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