The Life of

Ludwig van Beethoven

By Alexander Wheelock Thayer

Edited, revised and amended from the original
English manuscript and the German editions
of Hermann Deiters and Hugo Riemann, con-
cluded, and all the documents newly translated


Henry Edward Krehbiel

Volume II

Published by

The Beethoven Association
New York

Copyright, 1921.
By Henry Edward Krehbiel

. ..... .


From the press of G. Schirmer, Inc., New York
Printed in the U. S. A.

Contents of Volume II


CHAPTER I. The Year 1803—Cherubini's Operas in Vienna

and Rivalry between Schikaneder and the Imperial
Theatres—Beethoven's Engagement at the Theater-
an-der-Wien—“Christus am Ölberg" again-Bridge-
tower and the “Kreutzer" Sonata-Career of the
Violinist-Negotiations with Thomson for the Scottish
Songs-New Friends—Willibrord Mähler's Portrait of
Beethoven-Compositions of the Year-A Pianoforte

from Erard
CHAPTER II. The Year 1804–Schikaneder Sells His

Theatre and is then Dismissed from the Manage-
ment-Beethoven's Contract Ended and Renewed by
Baron Braun--The “Sinfonia Eroica”—Prince Louis
Ferdinand of Prussia Quarrel: between : Beethoyen. :
and von Breuning--TheWaldstein. Sonåta Sonnleith ;
ner, Treitschke and Gaveaux-Paër and His Opera
"Leonora"_"Fidelio” Begun-Beethoven's Growing

Popularity-Publications of the Year
CHAPTER III. The Year 1805-Schuppanzigh's First Quar-

tet Concerts—First Public Performance of the
"Eroica”—Pleyel—The Opera "Leonore,” or “Fidelio”;
Jahn's Study of the Sketchbook — The Singers and the
Production-Vienna Abandoned by the Aristocracy as
French Advance Röckel's Story of the Revision of the

Opera-Compositions and Publications of the Year
CHAPTER IV. The Year 1806—Repetitions of “Fidelio”:

A Revision of the Book by von Breuning-Changes
in the Opera—The “Leonore” Overtures--A Second
Failure-Beethoven Withdraws the Opera from the
Theatre Marriage of Karl Kaspar van Beethoven-A
Journey to Silesia Beethoven Leaves Prince Lich-
nowsky's Country-seat in Anger—George Thomson and
His Scottish Songs—Compositions and Publications of

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the Year-The “Appassionata” Sonata and Rasoumow,

sky Quartets-Reception of the Quartets in Russia and

England - The Concerto for Violin

CHAPTER V. Beethoven's Friends and Patrons in the

First Lustrum of the Nineteenth Century-Archduke

Rudolph, an Imperial Pupil–Count Andreas Rasou-

mowsky-Countess Erdödy-Baroness Ertmann-Marie

Bigot-Therese Malfatti-Nanette Streicher-Doctor



CHAPTER VI. Princes and Counts as Theatrical Direc-

tors : Beethoven Appeals for an Appointment–Vain

Expectations-Subscription Concerts at Prince Lobko-

witz's—The Symphony in B-flat-Overture to “Corio- X

lan”—Contract with Clementi—Errors in the Dates

of Important Letters—The Mass in C-A Falling-out

with Hummel-The “Leonore” Overtures again-Per-

formances of Beethoven's Works at the “Liebhaber”

Concerts—The Year 1807

CHAPTER VII. The Year 1808—Johann van Beethoven

Collects a Debt and Buys an Apothecary Shop in

: :Linz. Wilhelm Ruşt: Plants for Now. Operas—Sketches

:: for:Macbeth:;-Imitative Music and the "Pastoral”

Symphony-Count Oppersdorff and the Fourth Sym-

phony-A Call to Cassel—Organization of Rasoumow-

sky's Quartet-Appreciation of Beethoven in Vienna:

Disagreement with Orchestral Musicians—Mishaps at

the Performance of the Choral Fantasia

CHAPTER VIII. Jerome Bonaparte's Invitation-A New

Plan to Keep Beethoven in Vienna—The Annuity Con-

tract-Ries's Disappointment-Farewell to Archduke

Rudolph in a Sonata—The Siege and Capitulation of

Vienna-Seyfried's “Studies" —Reissig's Songs—An

Abandoned Concert-Commission for Music to “Eg-

mont"-Increased Cost of Living in Vienna–Dilatory

Debtors—Products of 1809


CHAPTER IX. The Years 1807-09 : a Retrospect-Beet-

hoven's Intellectual Development and Attainments :

Growth after Emancipation from Domestic Cares-His

Natural Disposition-Eager in Self-Instruction-In-

terest in Oriental Studies—His Religious Beliefs-Atti-

tude towards the Church


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