BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Tuesday, April 22, 1823

Beethoven makes a shopping list of sugar and coffee. In the afternoon, he reads the newspapers at a coffee house in the City, making note of rentals in Mödling and Baden. He also notes the poem Engelruf (Call of the Angel) about the delirium of a child dying of fever, by Pauline Maria Juliane von Brochowska (b.1794), writing under the name Theophania. Beethoven describes the poem as “beautiful.”

At the coffee house, Schindler shows up with Anton Ungermann (b.1794), commissioner of the local police, who wants to pay his respects to Beethoven. Ungermann can be depended upon if Beethoven is having trouble with his domestic servants; he also knows brother Johann.

Beethoven makes a note of the book Aristides und Themostikles, a novel by Ignaz Aurelius Fessler, for nephew Karl. After this, finding blank pages, Schindler writes in some fraudulent entries after Beethoven’s death about the 7th and 8th symphonies.

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