The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven

By Jonah Winter; Barry Blitt (Illustrator)
(Schwartz & Wade, Hardcover, 9780375836022, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 26, 2006

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How hard is it to move 5 legless pianos 39 times?
Beethoven owned five legless pianos and composed great works on the floor. His first apartment was in the center of Vienna's theater district... but he forgot to pay rent, so he had to move. (And it's very hard to move a piano. Even harder to move five). Beethoven's next apartment was in a dangerous part of town... so he moved, and the pianos followed on a series of pulleys. Then came an apartment with a view of the Danube (but he made too much noise and the neighbors complained), followed by an attic apartment (where he made even MORE of a rukus), and so Beethoven moved again and again. Each time, pianos were bought, left behind, transported on pulleys, slides, and by movers, all so that gifted Beethoven could compose great works of music for the world.

About the Author

Jonah Winter is the author of Diego, a biography of Diego Rivera, Frida, about artist Frida Kahlo, a Parents' Choice Gold Medal winner, and Roberto Clemente: The Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the story of one of the most admired baseball players of all time. He is also the author of two other books about baseball: Fair Ball!: 14 Great Stars from Baseball's Negro Leagues and Beisbol!: Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends. The author lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Barry Blitt's illustrations have appeared on the cover of the New Yorker and have also graced the pages of the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Child Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. He is the illustrator of the children's book, Once Upon a Time, the End: Asleep in 60 Seconds by Geoffrey KloskeBarry Blitt lives in Riverdale, Connecticut.

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