Beethoven part 2

Beethoven-Part 2

by Arthur S. Garbett

Before deafness interfered he was sociably included, and his genius as a pianist, and especially his gift of improvisation, made him welcome in princely houses, where otherwise his bluff speech and open rudeness might have denied him admittance. As silence closed about him, however, he locked his doors to all save his intimates, and even to them at times. Schindler, Ries, Moscheles, Carl Czerny, Lobkowitz, Rasoumowsky, and other persistent friends, however, kept in touch with him constantly, and were wise enough to regard his outbursts of passionate irritability as merely pathological symptoms, the consequence of a mighty spirit forced to take shelter in a frail, inadequate body. In return they were privileged to watch the unfolding of his ever growing genius.

Except for such visits his days passed monotonously enough. He rose at daybreak, wrote continuously - the sheet quantity of music that he wrote must have kept him continually at work using the pens provided for him by the simple but kindly Baron Baron Zmeskall, thereby saving his over-wrought nerves. Think of Beethoven throbbing with the inspiration of a mighty symphony, compelled to stop to cut a quill pen to his liking! Much of his leisure time was spent in long country walks, where his melodic ideas came to him and his compositions took shape in his mind. He hummed his melodies, and gesticulated as he walked, often hatless, and almost always regardless of sunshine and rain. He once pointed out to Schindler the tree under which he sate while composing the music of "The Mount of Olives and Fidelio". That was in the village of Hetzendorf.

The Etude Magazine June 1921





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