BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Wednesday, December 31, 1823

Beethoven makes a note to himself that he needs paper, and a reminder to send New Year’s greetings to Carl Hensler and Dr. Jacob Staudenheim, his occasional physician.

Conversation Book 41, 14v.

Karl’s advertisement for a housekeeper appears again today in the Intelligenzblatt supplement to the Wiener Zeitung at 1346. Even though a housekeeper was hired yesterday, the advertisement will run one more time.

About this time, Beethoven at last has a continuity draft of the entire Ninth Symphony. But work is far from finished; his sketches for the Ninth will continue into February of 1824, as he works on the orchestration and makes revisions to his draft.