Three Weeks in Vienna

A Singer's Account of the Premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony


Susan Haugland's charming new addition to Beethoven literature recants the story of the premiere of Beethoven's magnificent Ninth Symphony as seen through the eyes of the young contralto soloist, Karoline Unger. While the book is listed as historical fiction, Ms. Haugland has made every attempt to maintain historical accuracy through the use of actual dialogue taken from surviving conversation books. These books, used by the deaf composer to communicate, provide a timeline of the events leading up to and including the first performance of his last symphony.

Haugland, unhappy with prior depictions of Beethoven in literature and film, endeavors to leave her readers with an appreciation of the man's genius and character. Inspired by the children's book, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, she hopes to motivate her readers to further their knowledge of the great composer.


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 For a Teacher's Guide, detailed lesson plans, and reproducible worksheets to accompany "Three Weeks in Vienna", click here.

Email the author: Susan Haugland

To learn more about Beethoven, visit these very informative websites:

Beethoven, the Magnificent Master


Keith K. Klassik's Page on Beethoven's 9th Symphony

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