Beethoven: a Biographical Romance

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O. Ditson, 1880 - 332 sider
 

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Side 188 - ... speak louder, shout, for I am deaf. Ah how could I possibly admit an infirmity in the one sense which should have been more perfect in me than in others, a sense which I once possessed in highest perfection, a perfection such as few...
Side 189 - ... done all possible to him to be received in the rank of worthy artists and men. You, my brothers, Carl and *, so soon as I am dead, if Professor Schmidt is yet living, pray him in my name that he will describe my disease, and add this writing to the account of it, that at least as much as possible the world may be reconciled with me after my death. At the same time I declare you two the heirs of my little property, (if I may call it so).
Side 190 - When, when, O God, can I feel it again in the temple of nature and of man ? — Never ? No ! that would be too cruel! " The deep love shown in these words, love such as only proud and strong natures know, was not only destined to be wounded in its general relations with mankind through this calamity. The woman he loved, the inspiring muse of some of his divinest...
Side 188 - I sometimes ran counter to it yielding to my inclination for society, but what a humiliation when one stood beside me and heard a flute in the distance and I heard nothing or someone heard the shepherd singing and again I heard nothing, such incidents brought me to the verge of despair...
Side 196 - French people have, for four years, «u trusted to your majesty the reins of government, and the constitution of the state reposed in you the choice of a successor. The most august denomination, decreed to you, is then only a tribute which the nation pays to its own dignity, and to the necessity it experiences iu giving you daily testimonies of respect and of attachment, which every day increase.
Side 189 - I desire that the instruments from Prince L. be preserved by one of you but let no quarrel result from this, so soon as they can serve you a better purpose sell them, how glad will I be if I can still be helpful to you in my grave — with joy...
Side 187 - Alas! how could I declare the weakness of a sense which in me ought to be more acute than in others — a sense which formerly I possessed in highest perfection, a perfection such as few in my profession enjoy or ever have enjoyed; no, I cannot do it. Forgive, therefore, if you...
Side 178 - I am listening,' said the young man. " ' And what do you hear ? ' asked Beethoven, astonished. " ' I am listening to the shepherd, who sits by his flock on the edge of the wood, and who plays so prettily on the flute he has cut from an elder-bush.
Side 179 - Beethoven answered not a word. He was pale as death. Thick drops of cold sweat came out upon his brow. His eyes opened wide, as with terror ; his features put on the stillness of marble. But in his soul he cried out, in terrible agony, ' The cloud ! the black cloud ! Beethoven ! Beethoven, man of music ! thou hearest no longer ! thou hearest no longer ! Righteous God ! Thou art...
Side 308 - My dear son, no more of this. Come to my arms — you shall not hear one harsh word. For God's sake, do not ruin yourself: you shall be received as kindly as ever. As to what is to be thought of and done for the future, we will talk over it in a friendly manner. Upon my word of honour, you shall hear no reproaches, which, indeed, can now do no good. You have nothing...

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