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The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3)

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Bold text is indicated by ~tildes~, and italics by _underscores_.



[Illustration: BEETHOVEN

After Maehler's Portrait of 1804

From the copy in possession of Mrs. Jabez Fox]

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, concluded, and all the documents newly translated


Henry Edward Krehbiel

Volume II

Published by

The Beethoven Association

New York


Copyright, 1921. By Henry Edward Krehbiel

From the press of G. Schirmer, Inc., New York

Printed in the U. S. A.

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 Oelberg" again--Bridgetower and the "Kreutzer" Sonata--Career of the Violinist--Negotiations with Thomson for the Scottish Songs--New Friends--Willibrord Maehler's Portrait of Beethoven--Compositions of the Year--A Pianoforte from Erard 1

CHAPTER II. The Year 1804--Schikaneder Sells His Theatre and is then Dismissed from the Management-- 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--Sonnleithner, Treitschke and Gaveaux--Paer and His Opera "Leonora"--"Fidelio" Begun--Beethoven's Growing Popularity--Publications of the Year 22

CHAPTER III. The Year 1805--Schuppanzigh's First Quartet 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--Roeckel's Story of the Revision of the Opera--Compositions and Publications of the Year 41

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