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 Beethoven

and von Breuning-The “Waldstein” Sonata-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-

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 Rust–Plans for New 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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