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

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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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