Beethoven's Immortal Beloved: Solving the Mystery by Edward Walden

By Edward Walden

In 1812, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote 3 letters to an unnamed lady, whom he known as "Immortal Beloved." The letters have been found after Beethoven's loss of life and ever considering their discovery, there was hypothesis relating to whom that Immortal loved could have been. In Beethoven's Immortal cherished: fixing the secret, Edward Walden rigorously and meticulously provides his case that the girl who Beethoven enjoyed was once Bettina Brentano, a creative and gifted musician in her personal correct. surroundings the basis for his argument, Walden starts off the publication with a basic old and sequential narrative that interweaves the lives of the 3 precept protagonists: Beethoven, the author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Bettina Brentano. Walden explores intimately the most important parts of the actual narrative and exhibits how these parts help his declare that Bettina was once the Immortal loved. moreover, Walden addresses the assaults different Beethoven students have made opposed to Bettina and divulges how such assaults have been improper or unjustified. completely and conscientiously researched, but awarded in a transparent and fascinating sort, Beethoven's Immortal cherished will entice Beethoven students, song enthusiasts, and basic readers alike, who should be captivated by means of the fixing of this attention-grabbing secret.

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I would like to thank Corey Keating, assistant editor of The Beethoven Journal, for the creation of the music examples. The score of the song is reproduced from the first edition without editing. edu/beethoven/). 55. See J. Edward Mornin, “National Subjects in the Works of Achim von Arnim,” German Life and Letters 24, no. 4 (1971): 321–3. ” 56. I would like to thank Adriana Rätsch-Rivera for preparing a translation of several of the poems in the set that was distributed at the lecture recital mentioned above.

Lund theorized that the “unß” referred to Antonie’s child born in 1813. 39. In the letter Beethoven spells the word “seelig” instead of “selig”; because he was a terrible speller, one might not want to make too much of the misspelling, but his error combines the concept of the soul (Seele) and blissfulness (selig) into a new word. 40. Considering the topic of Beethoven retaining objects from Bettina, I should mention the Beethoven letter in the Center’s collection that contains an impression that Sieghard Brandenburg identified to Ira Brilliant as one of her seals when he inspected the letter in Arizona.

The latter are referred to in this book as the “missing” letters. Included in the description of missing letters are those that were seen and verified by reliable witnesses at some time in the past. The many critics of Bettina contend that most, if not all, of the letters I describe as missing never existed at all and that she concocted them, but one of the purposes of this book is to show that most, if not all, of the missing letters did in fact exist but have been lost or destroyed. FREQUENTLY USED PHRASES Beethoven Description Letter: The letter written by Bettina describing her time with Beethoven in Vienna dated May 28, 1810, that is today missing but which was reproduced, probably in an edited form, in her Goethe Correspondence book.

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