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Ludwig van Beethoven, Brief an George Thomson in Edinburgh, Wien, 19. Februar 1813, Erstschrift

Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Sammlung H. C. Bodmer, HCB Br 258

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Beethoven confirms receipt of several letters from Thomson and is pleased that his compositions (62 Airs from WoO 152-155, 158 and op. 108 respectively) have finally arrived. He is not prepared to alter the nine queried works, as every small alteration changes the character of a composition. Instead he delivers fundamentally new compositions. Aside from these nine he has also given the Fries publishing house a further 21 compositions to be sent on to Thomson. Beethoven confirms receipt of 90 ducats for these works.
Single compositions are in the post and he notes details regarding performance and printing or even regarding his setting. He is pleased that the text has been adapted to fit the melodies in these works and not the other way around.
Beethoven is not happy as far as payment is concerned. There is no way that he can be fobbed off with the same price as Haydn (who had also arranged folksongs for Thomson) because the work he has done cannot be compared with that of Haydn. After all Haydn had not composed any ritornellos and introductions, had not set duos or trios nor added a cello part. Beethoven sets out his fees for the different works commissioned by Thomson.

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