Beethoven's capital

"All these notes don't pay my needs!!"

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How did Beethoven as a freelance artist earn his living without a permanent employment? And did you know that Beethoven held stocks?

This Internet exhibition gives a brief insight into the cost of living during Beethoven's time as well as the composer's source of income to understand his financial situation and the impact of the economic conditions prevalent at this time.

Selected documents and objects from the extensive collection of the Beethoven-Haus, documents from the Archives of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, contemporary means of payment, copper, silver and gold coins as well as different bills from the Austrian National Bank illustrate the relationship between Beethoven's earnings and his financial plight.


Stock of the privileged Austrian National Bank issued to Ludwig van Beethoven on July 13, 1819.