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 referred to as "Immortal Beloved." The letters have been stumbled on after Beethoven's loss of life and ever when you consider that their discovery, there was hypothesis relating to whom that Immortal cherished could have been. In Beethoven's Immortal cherished: fixing the secret, Edward Walden conscientiously and meticulously provides his case that the girl who Beethoven enjoyed used to be Bettina Brentano, an inventive and gifted musician in her personal correct. surroundings the root for his argument, Walden starts off the e-book with a basic ancient 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 major parts of the actual narrative and indicates how these components aid his declare that Bettina used to be the Immortal cherished. moreover, Walden addresses the assaults different Beethoven students have made opposed to Bettina and divulges how such assaults have been flawed or unjustified. completely and conscientiously researched, but provided in a transparent and fascinating sort, Beethoven's Immortal loved will entice Beethoven students, tune fans, and common readers alike, who can be captivated via the fixing of this interesting secret.

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She believed in spirituality, loved and appreciated music, and wrote music of her own. She was a Romantic idealist who constantly searched for truth. Perhaps as a result of naive optimism, she also hoped and worked through her social contacts for a solution to the political turmoil of those Napoleonic times. Her ideals and idols were based on her own needs for music, interaction with genius, and literary creation. Goethe responded to two of them. Beethoven responded to two as well, albeit a different two.

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. I have made minor alterations of her translations to make them more literal. The remaining three strophes are: “(2) A fruit tree, heavy with fruit, hangs down its branches to the earth: a fresh wind comes from the east, it cannot be shaken. It throws asunder fruits and weak blossoms, and my dreams, which glowed so heavenly at night.

Chapter 13 offers a short synopsis of the salient points of the narrative and my general conclusions as well as a summary of the most important supporting evidence. Interested readers will find additional source citations in the Summer 1999 and Winter 2002 issues of the Beethoven Journal, which contain two papers written by me that form the nucleus of this book. As will be noted in chapter 3, Bettina published in 1835 after Goethe’s death and when she was 50 a partly fictional book of correspondence exchanged between her and Goethe in the early years of her life, entitled Goethe’s Correspondence with a Child.

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