BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Wednesday, April 21, 1824

In today’s Vienna Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung Nr.22 at 88, the Petition to Beethoven is printed once again, with the virtually identical commentary lifted from its appearance in the Wiener Theater-Zeitung last Thursday, April 15, together with the names of all the signatories. This printing of the Petition also incidentally confers noble status upon the composer, repeatedly referring to him as Ludwig “von Beethoven.” It’s unclear what editor Friedrich August Kanne was playing at here; he knew Beethoven well and surely knew his correct name. The original publication in the Theater-Zeitung that is otherwise copied faithfully listed it correctly, so it does not seem to be accidental.

This publication includes the same concluding paragraph from the Theater-Zeitung announcing that the concert would be held at the Theater an der Wien on the 23rd or 24th of April. However, by now the venue has tentatively been changed to the Kärntnertor Theater, and the copying is not finished yet for rehearsals to begin, so obviously the date of the concert cannot be correct either.

If Count Moritz Lichnowsky contemplated mending fences with the composer, this second publication of the Petition with his name attached (not to mention the unearned promotion of Beethoven to the nobility) surely put a quick end to that.

J. Bermann repeats his advertisement for Beethoven’s Das Glück der Freundschaft, aria with piano accompaniment, op.88, in today’s Wiener Zeitung at 391.

Sometime around now, or within the next week, Beethoven writes an undated note to copyist Peter Gläser about the copies of the Missa Solemnis to be used for the Akademie concert. He asks Gläser to look at the Credo where he has marked “No. I” and correct it. Beethoven will need that tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. The flute part to the Agnus Dei is missing altogether, so he asks that it be copied as well and brought along tomorrow with the Credo.

Brandenburg Letter 1817; Anderson Letter 1252. The original is in the Vienna City and National Library (I.N. 5778). Schindler had been missing some of the parts to the Credo on April 18th, and thus had not been able to collate them properly.