BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Tuesday, August 26, 1823 (approximately)

Beethoven continues to use the Conversation Book 39 as a memorandum/shopping list.

  • What Schlemmer copied must be paid for. [The same sentiment was noted in yesterday’s update.]
  • Kirchhoffer. [Franz Kirchhoffer, who advised Beethoven on business affairs and also acted as a go-between for Beethoven and Ferdinand Ries in London.]
  • Hessian and Hessen-Darmstadt embassy. [This is no doubt to check on whether the Missa Solemnis solicitation has been approved.]
  • Letter and other paper.
  • Obladen and sealing wax. [Oblaten are thin unleavened wafers; the term was also used by Beethoven for paper disks used to seal letters.]

Conversation Book 39, 22r-22v. The list continues tomorrow.