ove. War. Genius. Suicide. Betrayal. Extreme Jealously. Mistaken identity. Legal jeopardy. Pure artistic tragedy. Music to save the world. These are among the themes enwrapped within Maynard Solomon’s “Beethoven,” a work as penetrating as “The Big Def One” himself. Praised for his thoroughness, Solomon plays therapist to one of the greatest composers who ever lived. He describes the many riddles of Beethoven’s life, seeking to explain how they affected the tragic figure and how this in turn affected his artist output. Each section is broken up into history and music, many times overlapping each other. The discussion of Beethoven’s later works is especially illuminating. The book isn’t overly filled with musical theory, so anyone with an interest in learning about Beethoven will be able to enjoy it.