The Beethoven 2020 Diary

A companion for the Beethoven annniversary year

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September 1805: The premiere of the opera “Fidelio” is banned by the censors. 19 July 1812: Beethoven meets Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Teplitz. 1811: “Mistakes – mistakes – you yourself are one big mistake”, the composer writes to his publisher Breitkopf & Härtel and 1825 to Friedrich Kuhlau: “I must confess that in my case also the champagne went too much to my head and that again I had to experience the fact that such indulgence hampers rather than promotes my ability to work.”

These are four of hundreds of entries that can be found in this attractive “Beethoven 2020 Diary” (BVK 2451)  that is designed to accompany music lovers through the upcoming special anniversary year and presents interesting as well as amusing insights into Beethoven’s life and works.

Quotations by Beethoven and about him illuminate many facets of his personality, whether familiar or surprising. He appears hot-tempered and humorous, vulnerable and sarcastic, isolated and driven by utopian visions of society.

Additional pages cast light on special aspects of his life – his composing and piano playing, his violent emotions (rage, humour, despair in the face of illness and death) and his relationship with people in his close surroundings, whether his nephew Karl, the “Immortal Beloved” or his brothers Kaspar Karl and Johann, the recipients of the “Heiligenstadt Testament”.