This is the first full-length, published study of Beethoven8217;s songs. All the composer8217;s songs with piano are included, with full German texts and translations, together with comprehensive notes on the poetry and the music. The inclusion of unfinished songs gives a fascinating insight into Beethoven8217;s compositional methods. An introductory essay considers reasons for the relative neglect of the songs, the significance of Beethoven8217;s choice of texts, his crucial role in the development of German art of song, and specific aspects such as choice of key. It is anticipated that this book, like its predecessor The Schubert Song Companion, will encourage the performance and study of an important but comparatively neglected aspect of the work of the world8217;s most celebrated composer.