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This year marks the 250th anniversary of Beet­hoven's birth. In an extract from her new book, Beethoven, A Life in Nine Pieces , Laura Tunbridge explores the “Kreutzer” Sonata, so named because it was dedicated to the renowned violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer (who, it turns out, didn't even like Beet­hoven's music). Tunbridge explores how the piece became an exhilarating two-way tussle: “By the end, violin and piano are no longer in combat or tailing one another but playing together: a consensus that suggests a mutual respect, a friendship, which is all the stronger for having been...
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