BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Thursday, September 25, 1823

Nephew Karl is in Vienna running errands for his uncle today. He will return to Baden tomorrow. Housekeeper Barbara Holzmann is with him, doing her weekly shopping in the City.

After collecting the stipend from Prince Lobkowitz’s cashier, Karl visits the landlady of the new apartment in the Ungargasse to pay the rent. The landlady says the present tenants can’t move into their future apartment when their lease is up on September 29th. They will need to vacate part of the apartment during the next week, and need to be out of the entire place by October 13th. Karl pays the rent, as well as another 4 fl. for “lantern money” for lighting the apartment. [Uncle Ludwig had been furious when his landlord in the Windmühle had demanded lantern money, causing more trouble between them.]

Karl picks up two pairs of eyeglasses for his uncle. Karl also stops by Steiner’s music shop, and Tobias Haslinger tells him he plans to come to Baden to visit his uncle this Sunday.

Back in Baden, Uncle Ludwig continues work on the Finale of the Ninth Symphony.

The Wiener Zeitung for today covers the continuing drama of the election of the Pope in Rome through the 11th of September, as the conclave fruitlessly continues to discuss candidates and to vote. A number of late arrivals, including the Archbishops of Palermo and Toulouse, join the conclave, while several other rotate out of the voting group.

At p.896 of today’s Wiener Zeitung, Sauer & Leidesdorf advertises new guitar music from Mauro Giuliani, the first book of his collection, Le ore d’Apollo, op.111, as well as four other guitar works by Giuliani, as well as ten new works for guitar by Luigi Legnani, who recently had a sensational performance tour through Vienna.

Bruno Giuffredi here performs Le ore d’Apollo op.111 on guitar:

According to a notice in the October 24, 1823 Intelligenzblatt at 884, Franz Zips, the long-serving imperial valet of Archduke Rudolph dies in Kremsier in Moravia on this date. Zips has made a number of appearances in these pages, accepting manuscripts on behalf of the Archduke when he is not available, amongst other services, so Beethoven was well acquainted with him. Zips died testate, with two minor children. Anyone wishing to make a claim against his estate has until November 30th of 1823 to do so, at which time the estate will be transferred to Zips’ heirs.