The Spaniard : in which a momentous life begins
The right teacher : this boy could become 'a second Mozart'
Meeting Mozart : watch out for that boy
Word spreads : young Beethoven as kitchen scullion
Impressing the Viennese : but Haydn feels the wrath of an angry young man
My poor hearing haunts me : but there is 'a dear charming girl who loves me'
Only my art held me back : in which Beethoven considers suicide
Egyptian hieroglyphics : Napoleon is no more than 'a common tyrant'
O, beloved J! : musical failure, but will Beethoven succeed in love?
A deeply immoral woman : Beethoven holds the most important concert of his life, and is offered a job
Under cannon fire : in which Beethoven once again tries his luck at love
Immortal beloved : 'my angel, my all, my very self'
An utterly untamed personality : Beethoven turns again to his 'poor shipwrecked opera'
Into the witness box : how the single letter 'o' ruined Beethoven's life
A musical gift from London : how Rossini found Beethoven 'disorderly and dirty'
'I want to be a soldier' : in which Beethoven gets drunk with friends
Two pistols and gunpowder : an invitation to get away from it all
Frightening the oxen : 'The greatest composer of the century, and you treated him like a servant!'
Terminally ill : 'His face was damp, he spat blood'
The last master : 'He was an artist, but a man as well.'