This site has been an on going project for many years. My interest in Beethoven started
at an early age when in 1977 I started researching his life and music with the view
to publishing a book that never materialised for various reasons. Much of that information
now forms the basis of this website which itself has undergone several incarnations.
The site was first launched in 2000 under a different domain and I was fortunate
in coming into contact with Christpher Graye who kindly offered to set up a forum
which is still going strong today with many of the original members. Then some years
ago Jürg Bücher contacted me with a view to translating the site into German. For
this he created a new design and although he soon withdrew the German version I decided
that his design was too good to lose and I have adapted it for this new version of
the Beethoven reference site.