Beethoven, as Revealed in His Own Words

Beethoven, as Revealed in His Own Words

Ludwig van Beethoven

Language: English

Pages: 54

ISBN: 2:00340958

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Widely regarded as one of the most singular geniuses to have worked in the Western classical tradition, Ludwig van Beethoven was as unique as his once-in-a-generation musical talent. This series of quotes and recollections from Beethoven himself paints a surprisingly multifaceted picture of the man and his commitment to his art. A must-read for classical music lovers.

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(July 26, 1809, to Gottfried Hartel, of Leipzig in ordering all the scores of Haydn, Mozart and the two Bachs.) 116. "See, my dear Hummel, the birthplace of Haydn. I received it as a gift today, and it gives me great pleasure. A mean peasant hut, in which so great a man was born!" (Remarked on his death-bed to his friend Hummel.) 117. "I have always reckoned myself among the greatest admirers of Mozart, and shall do so till the day of my death." (February 6, 1886, to Abbe Maximilian Stadler,

and that of all our contemporaries I have the highest regard for him." (May 6, 1823, to Louis Schlasser, afterward chapel master in Darmstadt, who was about to undertake a journey to Paris. See note to No. 112.) 121. "Among all the composers alive Cherubini is the most worthy of respect. I am in complete agreement, too, with his conception of the 'Requiem,' and if ever I come to write one I shall take note of many things." (Remark reported by Seyfried. See No. 112.) 122. "Whoever studies

caused his social ostracism. When he was found he cried out: "I went to the bad because my uncle wanted to better me." Beethoven succeeded in persuading Baron von Stutterheim, commander of an infantry regiment at Iglau, to accept him as an aspirant for military office. In later life he became a respected official and man. So Beethoven himself was vouchsafed only an ill regulated education. His dissolute father treated him now harshly, now gently. His mother, who died early, was a silent

seized five as prohibited writings, namely, Seume's "Foot Journey to Syracuse," the Apocrypha, Kotzebue's "On the Nobility," W.E. Muller's "Paris in its Zenith" (1816), and "Views on Religion and Ecclesiasticism." Burney's "General History of Music" was also in his library, the gift, probably of an English admirer. In his later years Beethoven was obliged to use the oft-quoted "conversation-books" in his intercourse with friends and strangers alike who wrote down their questions. Of these little

represent or symbolize, since taken together they encompass a vast system of thought. Generally, however, those who apprehend his music sense that it reflects their own personal yearnings and sufferings. It egoistically, and always intelligently, "discusses" with its listener his or her feelings in the wake of personal failure and personal triumph, from the lowest depths of despair to the highest heights of happy or triumphant fulfillment. In his music, he represents the feelings felt by those

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