Beethoven's Immortal Beloved: Solving the Mystery by Edward Walden

By Edward Walden

In 1812, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote 3 letters to an unnamed lady, whom he known as "Immortal Beloved." The letters have been came across after Beethoven's loss of life and ever considering their discovery, there was hypothesis relating to whom that Immortal cherished could have been. In Beethoven's Immortal liked: fixing the secret, Edward Walden rigorously and meticulously offers his case that the girl who Beethoven enjoyed was once Bettina Brentano, an inventive and proficient musician in her personal correct. atmosphere the basis for his argument, Walden starts off the publication with a common old and sequential narrative that interweaves the lives of the 3 precept protagonists: Beethoven, the author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Bettina Brentano. Walden explores intimately the most important parts of the real narrative and indicates how these parts help his declare that Bettina was once the Immortal cherished. additionally, Walden addresses the assaults different Beethoven students have made opposed to Bettina and divulges how such assaults have been wrong or unjustified. completely and conscientiously researched, but provided in a transparent and fascinating sort, Beethoven's Immortal cherished will attract Beethoven students, track fanatics, and basic readers alike, who might be captivated by means of the fixing of this attention-grabbing secret.

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Right at the outset, I would like to make clear to the reader that I am a lawyer by training. The methodology I use in this book is to present the case that Bettina is Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved in the best light I can, as would a lawyer attempting to prove that case in court. The case’s theory is based on two crucial letters completely overlooked in previous scholarly analyses. indb xxxvi 12/17/10 7:33 AM Background xxxvii first is the single surviving 1811 letter from Beethoven to Bettina written just 18 months before he wrote his letter to the Immortal Beloved.

The proponents of her candidacy contend that she and Beethoven continued their relationship after 1807 until her second marriage in 1810, then revived it when her marriage to her second husband began to disintegrate. There appears to be no evidence of that by correspondence or otherwise, so it must remain purely speculative. Another problem with Josephine’s candidacy is that there is no evidence that she was in, near, or even planned to go to Karlsbad when Beethoven wrote his letter. To the contrary, all evidence indicates that she remained in Vienna throughout the summer of 1812.

The authenticity of this sonnet has also been disputed, but its genuineness will be proven in the evidentiary chapters of this book. A facsimile of it is shown in illustration 12, and its text in both German and English is set out in chapter 8. Bettina wrote to Goethe soon after her marriage, telling him how happy she was. She engaged in performing and composing music, and helping Arnim in his writing. In the summer of 1811, the newly married young couple took a belated honeymoon to the Brentano family summer home on the Rhine near Frankfurt.

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