BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Monday, March 15, 1824

Beethoven continues his proofreading of the vocal parts for the Missa Solemnis today.

Beethoven makes a note in the conversation book about “only the bass parts.” [The writing is illegible, and we are assuming that the proper reading is “B. s.” or Bass-stimmen, that is, bass voices, but it is very much open to interpretation.]

This afternoon, Beethoven reads the newspapers in a coffee house, and makes a note about a newly-published book regarding discoveries in the Antarctic Ocean, by Iwan Simonow.

Conversation Book 59, 13v-14r.