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Beethovens Letters (1790 1826): From the Collection of Dr Ludwig Nohl Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethovens Letters (1790 1826): From the Collection of Dr Ludwig Nohl

Ludwig van Beethoven

Published November 6th 2014
ISBN : 9781108078481
Paperback
272 pages
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 1827) was a prolific letter writer, with thousands of examples surviving to this day. Often written in great haste - in der Eile was a common sign-off - they allow us to follow the great composers anxieties andMoreLudwig van Beethoven (1770 1827) was a prolific letter writer, with thousands of examples surviving to this day. Often written in great haste - in der Eile was a common sign-off - they allow us to follow the great composers anxieties and preoccupations, revealing the human figure behind some of the greatest music ever written. Despite the fact that many of Beethovens letters slumber in foreign lands, especially in the unapproachable cabinets of curiosities belonging to various close-fisted English collectors, the German musicologist Ludwig Nohl (1831 85) published his collection of letters in 1865, and this two-volume English translation by Grace Jane Wallace (1804 78) appeared the following year, reflecting the fact that interest in Beethoven had not diminished nearly forty years after his death. Volume 1 includes the letter by the thirteen-year-old Beethoven which declares his lifes commitment to the craft of music, and the still poignant Heiligenstadt Testament.