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Ludwig van Beethoven, Brief an Charles Neate in London, Wien, 18. Mai 1816

Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Sammlung H. C. Bodmer, HCB BBr 107

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Charles Neate, pianist, cellist, composer and founding member of the London Philharmonic Society, was in Vienna from May 1815 to February 1816. He bought several of Beethoven's works for the Philharmonic Society before he departed. The composer also gave him others, asking him to find an English publisher for them. In his letter to Neate, Beethoven expresses the hope that he will organize a benefit concert for the composer with these works. The guardianship of his nephew Karl meant that he had additional financial obligations. In addition Beethoven asks Neate to sell the String Quartet op. 95 as well as the Cello Sonatas op. 102 to a publisher as soon as possible because he would like to publish both works simultaneously in England and on the continent. Neate is to negotiate appropriate payment himself, "The more the better". Finally Beethoven pushes for a speedy answer, asking whether the works which have already been sold to Birchall (op. 96, op. 97 and the piano reduction for op. 92) could be dedicated to a music lover, who might then give him a gift.

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