Meet the Novel’s Characters

Roughly in order of appearance in the novel (sorry, there are no portraits of Johann Mälzel, the Breuning women or Johanna van Beethoven):

Lorenza Da Ponte

Lorenzo Da Ponte


Sali, probably Beethoven’s longest-lasting servant

Franz Joseph Haydn

Prince Joseph von Lobkowitz








Prince Karl von Lichnowsky

Princess Christiane von Lichnowsky

Archduke Rudolph, George’s rescuer

Karl van Beethoven

Karl van Beethoven