BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Tuesday, April 13, 1824


Ignaz Schuppanzigh visits Beethoven this morning concerning the plans for the Akademie profit live performance. Schuppanzigh asks whether or not Beethoven has not heard something from Clement. The phrase is that when he received Beethoven’s letter saying Schuppanzigh was to be concertmaster, he was livid.

Franz Jäger, who had been invited to sing the tenor half within the live performance, wrote to Schindler declining. He stated the half was too low for his voice. Schuppanzigh and Schindler knew about this for 3 days, however didn’t need to inform Beethoven as a result of he didn’t need to upset him. Now Beethoven must be conscious so different preparations will be made. However the director may order Jäger to sing.

Schuppanzigh asks whether or not Kärntnertor Theater supervisor Louis Antoine Duport has replied but. [He has not.] Schuppanzigh thinks he will get no pleasure from music, so it’s all the identical to him, nevertheless it goes.

One other invitation is required for the choral singers. [Schindler had made the same request of Beethoven yesterday.] Sonnleither wants it to make preparations. He additionally wish to know what number of singers are often on the Theater an der Wien. Beethoven makes a word to inquire. Schuppanzigh reminds Beethoven that Schwarzböck, the chief of the Singing Institute related with the an der Wien, wants the choral elements promptly, as a result of the boys within the refrain be taught solely with issue.

Schuppanzigh suggests it could be good if the elements are prepared for the leaders of the 4 string elements to run by them on the finish of the week. He inquires as to how the copying of elements is coming, and it’s going slowly. He thinks it could be good if the principal string elements may very well be given sooner than the others.

Schuppanzigh asks whether or not Hensler, the supervisor of the Theater within the Josephstadt, has despatched the Overture but. No, not but, Beethoven solutions. Schuppanzigh tells him to make an indication and don’t overlook it.

After Schuppanzigh leaves, unpaid assistant Anton Schindler comes. He spoke to Caroline Unger, who is decided that she and Preisinger will sing, whether or not or not it makes Duport indignant. They are going to promise him to not be sick for all the summer season.

Beethoven asks Schindler about Franz Jäger declining to sing within the Akademie. Schindler says Jäger needed to go to Pressburg this week. [Schindler does not mention anything about Jäger saying it was too low for his voice.] However Wilhelm Vogel of the Theater an der Wien says he may have Jäger carry out in any occasion. Schindler says Schuppanzigh ought to have remained silent, as a result of it was all resolved. Jäger solely bowed out as a result of he thought the Akademie was going to be on the twenty second.

Schindler says that Schuppanzigh thinks Anna Wranitzky ought to sing soprano, and Joseph Seipelt bass, however that there isn’t a good alto in Vienna.

Since Duport is being tough, Schindler means that Beethoven ought to demand again the libretto for Grillparzer’s Melusine. Duport isn’t doing something with it anyway, and that method Beethoven may present his lack of regard for Duport.

Later within the day, Ferdinand Piringer visits Beethoven. [Although he frequently appears in these columns as conductor of the Concerts spirituel, Piringer is here today in his capacity as an official in the Court Treasury. As part of the compromise between Ludwig and Karl’s mother Johanna, she was to pay Ludwig half of her pension to help cover the costs of Karl’s guardianship. Ludwig appears to be thinking of following through on his plans to relinquish his claim to that half, perhaps believing that the proceeds of the Akademie will be sufficient so that he no longer will need to collect half of the pension.] The settlement may very well be dissolved and the matter can be closed. Karl would proceed to obtain his share till age 20. If the settlement just isn’t dissolved, then Karl must carry testimonials from the parish priest to show that he’s nonetheless alive so he may acquire the funds. Fairly than dissolving the settlement utterly, Piringer means that Johanna may very well be given Karl’s fee sheet at present, with out prejudice to Beethoven’s future rights. Piringer will take the mandatory steps after which report again.

Piringer follows up by asking when the primary rehearsal for the Akademie might be held, and who the solo singers might be. Nothing has been determined for sure but.

A consultant of the Lithographic Institute involves Beethoven’s house. They’ve discovered of Beethoven’s gold medal from King Louis XVIII of France, and so they’d like to repeat it onto stone as a complement to the Vienna Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung. It could be printed life-sized, clearly and fantastically.

Beethoven asks about the potential for printing the Ninth Symphony rating by lithography. One may very properly make a rating in stone, and that will be the bottom priced choice. However the rating would at all times be obligatory for inspecting the work and likewise the format.

[In what has been identified as a later forgery by Schindler, he says he encountered Archduke Rudolph, who is still weak from his last attack of epilepsy. Schindler says the Archduke gave Beethoven dispensation from visiting him. Even if these are fabrications, they may reflect a genuine state of affairs regarding the Archduke’s health, because otherwise there is no explanation for why the Archduke suddenly stopped asking for lessons from Beethoven, when last year Rudolph had been fairly insistent whenever he was in Vienna.]

Beethoven writes one other setting of “Sternen,” probably for Karl as a followup to their dialogue the opposite day, or maybe for his personal amusement

Dialog E book 61, 36v, courtesy Berlin Staatsbibliothek.

Dialog E book 61, 30v-36v.

In some unspecified time in the future between Saturday. April 10 and tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14, Beethoven, after discussing the matter along with his mates, publishers S.A. Steiner and Tobias Haslinger, decides in opposition to having his Akademie live performance within the Theater an der Wien. He resolves as a substitute to have it within the Landständischer Saal, which is on the market on April 25. The principal motive for the change seems to be the unwillingness of the administration of the Theater an der Wien to maneuver a play, which was already deliberate to start its run on April twenty fourth, with a purpose to accommodate Beethoven’s live performance and rehearsals. It doesn’t damage that the Landständischer Saal may very well be had rent-free, although it solely seated about 500 and couldn’t be heated (which was much less of a priority in late April and early Could).

The plan now could be to make use of the orchestra and refrain of the Musikverein as a substitute, which might additionally get monetary savings. Beethoven can’t have run this concept previous Ignaz Schuppanzigh, who would have exploded on the notion of his main an orchestra comprised solely of amateurs and dilettantes for this necessary occasion, instead of skilled musicians. Ludwig discusses the change of plans with Brother Johann, and Johann accordingly advises Rely Palffy of the Theater an der Wien. Palffy is livid, for the reason that theater is in dire monetary straits and desperately wants the 1,000 florins promised by Beethoven for the live performance, to not point out the proceeds of the promised second and third Akademie live performance that Palffy had required as a situation.

The summons in opposition to Beethoven’s former unpaid assistant, Franz Oliva, for enforcement of a judgment in opposition to him by his previous employer Anton Offenheimer, for over 3600 florins, is reprinted at present at web page 350 of the Amts-Blatt complement to the Wiener Zeitung. No new further data is included, so it stays as mysterious as the primary printing.


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