The book that plays as you read

The book that plays as you read

Why Beethoven

norman lebrecht

February 07, 2023

Hawk-eyed purchasers of Why Beethoven have spotted a QR code on page 7.

Hover a phone over it, and it plays one recommended recording for each of the 100 works discussed.

First users have been telling us it really works well.

For those less familiar with QRs, here’s an independent evolutionary guide to Beethoven’s music.


  • Paul Dawson says:

    Clever idea, NL. Presumably ‘bleeding chunks’ rather than the entire work?

    Is QR scanning necesary on the Kindle version, or is there a short-cut?

  • Green Knight says:

    ‘A Phenomenon in 100 Pieces’ – but the Hammerklavier is omitted from the piano sonatas chosen. Presunably a deliberate omission – but why? Do tell,Norman.