BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Monday, February 23, 1824 (very approximately)

Beethoven writes an undated note to unpaid assistant Anton Schindler, telling him he is having dinner at Zur goldenen Birne, and that he will order for Schindler. If he’s not there, Schindler should look for him at the coffee house, since Beethoven is unsure when Schindler will arrive.

Brandenburg Letter 1765, Anderson Letter 1336. The original is held by the Berlin Staatsbibliothek (aut. 36,72). It’s difficult to date this little missive, other than it likely comes between November 21, 1823 when Schindler insinuated himself back into Beethoven’s life, and May of 1824, when he was again expelled from Beethoven’s inner circle. Beethoven lived fairly close to The Golden Pear during that period. Mondays and Wednesdays, when Karl would be absent for dinner for classes, would be likely candidates for such a dinner.