BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Wednesday, Might 19, 1824


Dialog Ebook 68 begins getting used in all probability at the moment. This e-book of 30 leaves covers a interval of about 4 days.

After serving to his Uncle with their purchasing this morning, Karl suggests his Ludwig might have new lenses in his glasses. He mentions that in their purchasing Uncle Ludwig mistook a ten for a twenty at the moment. However Karl doesn’t assume any hurt was completed.

Discuss turns to invites for the second Akademie. Six invites for 1 florin C.M. every makes 6 florins C.M., or 15 florins W.W. They might must be taken to the theater supervisor, Louis Antoine Duport.

The orchestra servant, who’s chargeable for establishing the seating and stands for the live performance involves Beethoven’s house. He desires to ensure that every thing wanted for each half is assembled, so he can place them on the stands for each participant tomorrow. That means it received’t trigger as a lot disturbance because it did on the rehearsal for the primary Akademie within the Redoutensaal.

Beethoven is anticipating conductor Michael Umlauf and alto Caroline Unger. The orchestra servant believes Umlauf is in a rehearsal and possibly won’t be coming, however Unger stated she would quickly be right here.

Karl mentions that the prepare dinner is making Boef à la mode [rump roast with ham or bacon, then stewed with onions, mushrooms and spices] for dinner at the moment.

Unpaid assistant Anton Schindler arrives with Caroline Unger. Beethoven asks whether or not Umlauf can be becoming a member of them. Schindler is stunned Umlauf didn’t inform Beethoven he wouldn’t be capable of come. Beethoven had instructed Unger that if she knew anybody she loves, she ought to convey him alongside. However she didn’t discover anyone.

Soprano Henriette Sontag nonetheless doesn’t have her half for Tremate, empi, tremate, op.116, to be carried out on the repeat Akademie live performance. She resides in Meidling, close to Schönbrunn for the summer season however is within the Metropolis virtually day by day. She acquired the official notification in regards to the Akademie solely at the moment from Duport.

Unger admires Beethoven’s two sculptures of what she calls Cossacks, and wish to personal one, if Beethoven may do with out him. [Both today are at the Bonn Beethovenhaus, which suggests that he did not give her one. Photos of the pair can be seen here:]

She heard some Englishmen talking yesterday, and she or he actually favored their incomprehensible language.

Nephew Karl is planning to fulfill the printing issue at the moment at 5 p.m., and in addition to Steiner to have the invites for the live performance engraved. In any other case it is going to be too late. Uncle Ludwig remains to be involved about dropping cash on account of all these bills. Karl reminds him that in line with Schindler, Duport assured Beethoven 500 florins C.M.

The wooden cutters come to the door and ask to be paid; the housekeeper takes care of that.

Unger continues, giving a number of explanation why the live performance can be higher held within the Redoutensaal. That means Beethoven would you’ll want to have 1200 florins [probably meaning W.W., 1250 of which would be equivalent to 500 florins C.M.] The music will sound higher, and Beethoven could have no worries. Most significantly, “It’s my opinion!”

Unger won’t be going to Milan. Subsequent fall she plans to go on tour by way of Prague and Berlin, to Hamburg. Her contract is up in December.

Karl heads to Steiner’s to have the 50 invites engraved.

Unger says she is learning Iphigenia, and would additionally like to review Fidelio. “You’d make me infinitely comfortable in the event you would lend me the piano rating.” Beethoven agrees to take action, and she or he is overjoyed: “You’ll do it?!!!! Actually?!!”

Schindler asks whether or not Beethoven has seen the assessment of the primary Akademie live performance in yesterday’s Sammler [Nr.60 at 239-240]. Beethoven has not. It’s a second assessment, and could be very tremendous, very similar to the primary one [which appeared in Nr.58, May 13, 1824 at 231-232.] “The second is way extra complete, goes extra into element, and actually the most effective, together with the primary within the Sammler.”

Unger talks about how, whereas the crypt of the Hapsburg royal household was being expanded, just a few days in the past they discovered the sarcophagus of a Roman basic, with all his insignia, in good situation.

Beethoven seems to complain that the soloists didn’t stand within the Finale, besides after they had been truly singing. Unger says that she would have favored to have stood up in the course of the first Akademie. However the different three soloists needed to stay seated, so she couldn’t accomplish that. However this time she’s going to arise.

Nonetheless nothing has been settled in regards to the Akademie, both the place or the date or whether or not Beethoven will take the five hundred florins assured earnings or go the route of threat/reward. Schindler asks, “Inform us now your agency choice, in order that we all know proper now what should be completed.” Beethoven’s choice is to go along with the Redoutensaal on Friday, Might 21. [He appears to have come to that decision before Karl left, and so informed him.]

Conductor Michael Umlauf involves the composer’s house briefly, and offers his enter as effectively. “Within the Redoutensaal, with the assured earnings, is the most effective.”

Unger says she has to go, since she has to sing at the moment and has to review at house. “Adieu, my honored good friend.” Beethoven is anxious that she could have stayed too lengthy and interfered together with her work. She brushes that off, “I didn’t miss something.”

After she leaves, Umlauf talks in regards to the contracts of the members of the Courtroom Theater, which has led to abuses, such because the Kapellmeisters going to the properties of feminine singers to carry rehearsals. For the reason that Opera Theater is the one place for coaching within the state, the prices needs to be paid out of the state treasury, in his opinion, and never be funded on the heads of the residents. The musicians have all the time been very poorly paid, even by Emperor Joseph II. Everybody acquired 300 florins C.M. wage. Not till Empress Maria Therese (1772-1807), spouse of Franz I, had been the salaries raised to 500, 600 and 800 florins C.M. [Editor Theodore Albrecht suggests that Umlauf is generalizing too much, since section leaders and wind players were paid higher salaries, and the incomes had risen significantly during this period.]

Umlauf says that nobody in Vienna provides singers the strategies that the Italians possess. Giuseppe Tomaselli (1762-1835) is the singing trainer. Joseph Simoni (1764-1832), a tenor and Imperial Singing Grasp, can be ready to do it, however he has cash and is snug so he in all probability couldn’t be persuaded.

Brother Johann involves the house. Legal professional Bach can be sending Beethoven a letter at the moment. If the Akademie is on the Kärntnertor Theater, then Beethoven ought to take the field seat tickets house to promote. Schindler, Umlauf and Johann all go away. Schindler goes to play on the Theater within the Josephstadt tonight, whereas Johann visits Duport.

Later, Karl returns within the early night and reviews on his errands. He first went to Haslinger’s as a result of Ferdinand Piringer insisted on figuring out at the moment for certain whether or not the Akademie was to be on Friday Might 21, or Sunday Might twenty third. Karl instructed him it could be the twenty first. Karl was on his solution to go see Duport, when Brother Johann got here in and reported he had simply spoken with Duport. “He, nevertheless, made bother and completely didn’t need to let you will have Friday, however produced a form of contract in your Brother’s presence. Extra of this later.” So, issues are again up within the air and Piringer nonetheless doesn’t know what to inform the dilettantes that he’s purported to be getting for the live performance.

The pair of Karl and Johann went again to see Duport, however he couldn’t converse to them. So Johann took the letter and despatched Karl to see Schindler within the Josephstadt, and to inform him to seem at Duport’s within the morning to acquire his reply. Then Schindler must go see Piringer instantly since he must know what to inform the dilettantes and the artists about when to come back. Schindler provides Karl Duport’s letter, which he now delivers to Ludwig. [The letter, which would exclude Friday evening for the Redoutensaal, does not appear to survive.]

Duport desires to have one of many actions of the Missa Solemnis omitted, and as a substitute get replaced by an aria or one thing related, if the Akademie is to be within the Redoutensaal. Duport additionally instructed that the well-known Italian cellist, Giuseppe Fenzi, who’s visiting Vienna, be allowed to play. However everybody was outraged at that concept. Ludwig asks Karl how he is aware of this, if he wasn’t in a position to meet Duport. These are the situations that Duport instructed to Johann. One other thought Duport had was to have somebody play the Czakan [a flute shaped like a walking stick; editor Theodor Albrecht suggests Karl is being sarcastic here, since it is not a serious instrument.]

Karl says he instructed Haslinger what Schickh had written within the dialog e-book yesterday. “He simply laughed about it and stated: There are lots of folks like this, who, after they must contribute one thing, run away from it, however then cry about it afterwards.” Beethoven asks what Karl thinks in regards to the items being too lengthy. “I’m of the opinion that you shouldn’t reduce a lot as a single word.”

Piringer, Haslinger and Joseph Böhm are all the opinion Uncle Ludwig ought to go to go to the ten to 12 most distinguished bankers. That may increase that many extra hundred florins, since if phrase will get round that Beethoven himself invited them to the Akademie, they might all should honor it.

Dialog Ebook 68, 1r-8v. Regardless of all of the wrangling and indecision, we have now lastly (and reluctantly) arrived at mid-day on Might twenty third, 4 days away, on the giant Redoutensaal for the second Akademie. It stays to be seen whether or not, as Schickh had predicted, that is too late to carry the live performance.


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