Death of composer Ludwig van Beethoven

26 March 1827

Ludwig van Beethoven (baptised 17 December 1770 - 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. He is considered the most crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music and remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

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    Church in Eisenstadt where Joseph Haydn, and later Beethoven, played the organ.


    Archduke Rudolf von Habsburg, Cardinal and Archbishhop of Olmuetz. The Archduke was Beethoven's pupil since 1803 and the two men became friends. Since 1809 Archduke Rudolf and the Princes Kinsky and Lobkowitz paid an annual salary to Beethoven. Oil on canvas


    Autographs of all works by Beethoven, some of them in his own handwriting, from the possession of Rudolf von Habsburg, Cardinal and Archbishop of Olmuetz. Metronome by Maelzel (1811).


    Score from which Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was first performed. Oboe by Wolfgang Kuess, Vienna (1820).


    Handwritten score of Beethoven's Lied "Ich liebe Dich", annotated by Johannes Brahms: "The hand-writing of the immortal Beethoven, written 11th August 1817", signed "Johannes Brahms, April 1872". On the back, some notes by Schubert who owned the autograph before Brahms.


    Memorabilia of Ludwig van Beethoven: a gold medal of Louis XVIII, Beethoven's soup ladle and spoon, his hearing aid, a walking stick, and a conductor's baton.


    Portrait of Josef Ferdinand von Sonnleithner by Alois Karner. Sonnleithner (1766-1835) translated the French play "Leonore ou l'amour conjugal" by J.N. Bouilly and made it into the libretto for Beethoven's Fidelio.


    Promenade in the Hinterbruehl Valley, a most popular excursion and vacation area south of Vienna. The Hinterbruehl Valley was one of Beethoven's favourite walks; Schubert hiked there with his friends. Watercolour (1818), 47 x 65 cm - Inv. 2482


    Gottfried van Swieten (1733-1803), librarian, diplomat, friend of Mozart and Beethoven. Etching by Johann Ernst Mansfeld after a drawing by J. C. Lakner. Around 1790.


    Ludwig van Beethoven, 1823 Canvas, 71,5 x 77,5 cm

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    Lunette in the foyer of the Vienna State Opera. Scene from "Fidelio", opera by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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    Beethoven. Various marbles, 1899-1902


    Courtyard of a Vienna pub in Heiligenstadt,where Beethoven used to spend his summers.Heiligenstadt now forms part of the 19th district, but was a small village far outside the citywalls in the early 19th century.

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