BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Thursday, September 11, 1823.

Nephew Karl takes the early coach into Vienna to take care of various errands for his uncle, including collecting money from the bank shares through his uncle’s financial advisor Franz Salzmann. He is accompanied by housekeeper Barbara Holzmann, who needs to do some shopping in the City and also to see to the old apartment. Karl reserves the carriage for the 6 p.m. return to Baden.

However, things go badly and Karl is unable to get any funds from Franz Salzmann, which means he cannot make the promised repayment to Steiner.

Karl does visit optician and inventor Karl Joseph Rospini (1768-1860), picking up his uncle’s eyeglasses. He also runs into his Latin and Greek teacher Professor Pulay, who hugs Karl before Karl even sees him.

Karl’s friend Joseph Niemetz comes back with them. The return carriage ride goes very slowly, and the coachman stops a long time at the customs station in Neudorf, which the horses were fed. Karl seems to arrive quite late, possibly after his uncle has gone to bed.

The firm of Sauer & Leidesdorf, undeterred by threats of litigation from Artaria & Co., today announces the fourth and latest volume in their subscription series of piano reductions of Rossini’s Complete Collection of Operas: Il Barbiere di Seviglia. The previous volumes for Armida, Moses and Il Turco in Italia remain available. The subscription series will remain open until the end of September, according to the ad in today’s Wiener Zeitung at 848.

The advertisement is repeated the Saturday, September 13 Wiener Zeitung, and in between on Friday September 12 Artaria repeats its advertisement that it has exclusive rights to certain of Rossini’s operas and therefore Sauer & Leidesdorf’s collection can never be complete.