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Ludwig van Beethoven, Brief an Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig, Wien, 7. Januar 1809, Autograph

Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Sammlung H. C. Bodmer, HCB Br 74

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Beethoven writes his Leipzig publisher a lengthy letter. He assumes that the Trios op. 70 have now arrived and apologizes for his negligence (the two works were not finished when Härtel had been in Vienna the past autumn). He asks that none of the planned works (opp. 67, 68, 69 and 70) appear before Easter. He is planning a trip to Leipzig and wants to present the symphonies there in person. He will also undertake the corrections when there. Beethoven tells him of his plans to go to the court of Westphalia as director of music. Jérôme Bonaparte has offered him an annual salary of 600 gold ducats. The composer says he has already agreed to go there and is only now waiting for his order. Until it arrives he asks the publisher to be discreet.
With regard to the Cello Sonata op. 60 he asks for the reference to the dedicatee's profession "k.k. Koncipisten" to be removed in front of his name, namely Gleichenstein, as the latter does not want this (Gleichenstein was preparing to go on a secret journey and did not want his government activities to be made known publicly; the reference to his profession was not, however, removed from the title page of the original edition.)
Furthermore Beethoven says that soon new bad reviews will probably appear in the Musikalische Zeitung on his last concerts. He writes of the bad musicians and of the bad state of music in Vienna in general. Shortly before, at the premiere of his Choral Fantasia op. 80, Beethoven had had to stop and begin again. A terrible mess had arisen because the clarinets had come in at the wrong place; the work could only be saved by starting again

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