Ludwig van Beethoven was the world’s first Rock Star. Howard Jay Smith discusses the many great romances in his life, as well as his masterwork, the 9th Symphony. Smith calls the 9th Symphony, “the most profound and influential” piece of Western Classical music ever written, which Beethoven wrote while entirely deaf. Howard Jay Smith also talks about the research that went into writing this historical novel, Beethoven in Love; Opus 139.

Interviewed by Jeffrey Masters.

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Bio: Howard Jay Smith is an award-winning writer from Ojai, California. Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 is his third book. He taught for many years in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and has lectured nationally. His articles and photographs have appeared in the Washington Post, the VCEDA News, the Journal of the Writers Guild of America, the Ojai Quarterly, and numerous trade publications. While an executive at ABC Television, Embassy TV, and Academy Home Entertainment, he worked on numerous film, television, radio, and commercial projects. Her serves on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Symphony and is a member of the American Beethoven Society.

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