Beethoven's Letters (1790-1826) from the Collection of Dr. Ludwig Nohl; Also His Letters to the Archduke Rudolph, Cardinal-Archbishop of Olmutz, K. W., from the Collection of Dr. Ludwig Ritter Von Kochel

Beethoven's Letters (1790-1826) from the Collection of Dr. Ludwig Nohl; Also His Letters to the Archduke Rudolph, Cardinal-Archbishop of Olmutz, K. W., from the Collection of Dr. Ludwig Ritter Von Kochel

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...K. 93. To Bettina Von Arnim. Toplitz, August 15,1812. My Most Dear Kind Friend, --Kings and princes can indeed create professors and privy-councillors, and confer titles and decorations, but they cannot make great men, --spirits that soar above the base turmoil of this world. There their powers fail, and this it is that forces them to respect us.2 When two persons like Goethe and myself meet, these grandees cannot fail to perceive what such as we consider great. Yesterday, on our way home, we met the whole Imperial family; we saw them coming some way off, when Goethe withdrew his arm from mine, in 1 The violin Sonata with pianoforte was probably Op. 47 (composed in 1803 and published in 1805, according to Thayer, No. Ill), or one of his earlier compositions, Op. 30, or 24, or 23. 2 Fraulein Giannatasio del Rio, in the journal she sent to the Grenz Boten in 1857, states that Beethoven once declared, " It is very pleasant to associate with the great of the earth, but one must possess some quality which inspires them with respect" order to stand aside; and, say what I would, I could not prevail on him to make another step in advance. I pressed down my hat more firmly on my head, buttoned up my great-coat, and, crossing my arms behind me, I made my way through the thickest portion of the crowd. Princes and courtiers formed a lane for. me; Archduke Rudolph took off his hat, and the Empress bowed to me first. These great ones of the earth know me. To my infinite amusement, I saw the procession defile past Goethe, who stood aside with his hat off, bowing profoundly. I afterwards took him sharply to task for this; I gave him no quarter, and upbraided him with all his sins, especially towards you, my dear friend, as we had just been speaking of...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236622243
  • 9781236622242