Beethoven, as Revealed in His Own Words

By Ludwig van Beethoven

The next ebook contains short biographical commentaries approximately Beethoven, every one by way of sections of quotations attributed to the foundation. In those fees, Beethoven demonstrates his extreme preoccupation (or obsession) with considering artistically and intelligently, and with supporting to relieve man's affliction through supplying guy with musical artistic endeavors which can enlighten him, in an effort to turn into informed adequate to drag himself out of his distress. He felt immediate...

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161. "Pity that i don't comprehend the artwork of conflict in addition to I do the artwork of track; I may still but triumph over Napoleon! " (To Krumpholz, the violinist, while he educated Beethoven of the victory of Napoleon at Jena. ) 162. "If I have been a common and knew as a lot approximately technique as I, a composer, find out about counterpoint, i would offer you fellows anything to do. " (Called out at the back of the again of a French officer, his fist doubled, on may well 12, 1809, while the French had occupied Vienna. pronounced through a witness, W. Rust. ) 163. "Camillus, if it's not that i am flawed, was once the identify of the Roman who drove the depraved Gauls from Rome. At one of these price i might additionally take the identify if i may force them anyplace i discovered them to the place they belong. " (To Pleyel, writer, in Paris, April, 1807. ) 164. "I love so much the area of brain which, to me, is the top of all non secular and temporal monarchies. " (To recommend Kauka in the summertime of 1814. He have been conversing concerning the monarchs represented within the Congress of Vienna. ) a hundred sixty five. "I shall no longer are available individual, considering that that might be a type of farewell, and farewells i've got constantly shunned. " (January 24, 1818, to Giannatasio del Rio, on taking his nephew Karl out of the latter institute. ) 166. "I wish nonetheless to deliver a number of huge works into the realm, after which, like an outdated baby, to finish my earthly profession someplace between sturdy humans. " (October 6, 1802, to Wegeler. ) 167. "O ye males, who imagine or claim me to be adverse, morose or misanthropical, what injustice ye do me. Ye recognize no longer the key explanation for what hence seems to be to you. My center and brain have been from youth disposed for the gentle emotions of benevolence; i used to be regularly wishing to complete nice deeds. " (October 6, 1802, within the so-called Heiligenstadt Will. ) 168. "Divinity, thou lookest into my middle, thou knowest it, thou knowest that love for mankind and a wish to do strong have their dwelling house there. O ye males, whilst sooner or later ye learn this imagine that ye have wronged me, and should the unlucky console himself with the concept that he has discovered one in every of his sort who, regardless of the entire hindrances which nature installed his course, but did all in his strength to be accredited within the ranks of important artists and males! " (From the Heiligenstadt Will. ) 169. "I spend all my mornings with the muses;—and they bless me additionally in my walks. " (October 12, 1835, to his nephew Karl. ) a hundred and seventy. "Concerning myself nothing,—that is, from not anything not anything. " (October 19, 1815, to Countess Erdody. ) (A attainable allusion to the road, "Nothing can come of not anything. " from Shakespeare's "King Lear," Act 1, scene 1) 171. "Beethoven can write, thank God; yet do not anything else on the earth. " (December 22, 1822, to Ferdinand Ries, in London. ) 172. "Mentally I usually body a solution, but if I come to write down it down I typically throw the pen apart, considering it's not that i am capable of write what i believe. " (October 7, 1826, to his pal Wegeler, in Coblenz. "The larger kind of humans, i feel, comprehend me in any case. " he's excusing his laziness in letter-writing. ) 173. "I have the present to hide my sensitiveness touching a mess of items; but if i'm provoked at a second while i'm extra delicate than traditional to anger, I burst out extra violently than anyone else.

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