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Beethoven’s Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved

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Review of ‘Beethoven’s Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved’

In the days after his death in 1827, many of Beethoven's friends and admirers snipped off locks of his mane. It was the custom of the time, before the popularity of photography. Nearly two centuries later, the hairs collected by a young musician, Ferdinand Hiller, gave Russell Martin fodder for Beethoven's Hair. The book, a…

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