February 28 1816: Beethoven’s Obsession


On February 28 Beethoven writes to Ferdinand Ries in London.

Vienna, February 28, 1816.

. . . For some time I have not been well ; my brother’s death has affected my spirits and my compositions. I am much pained at the news of Salomon’s death, as he was a noble man whom I remember from my childhood. You have become executor to the will, and at the same time I have become the guardian of my poor dead brother’s child. It is hardly possible that you will have had as much trouble as I have had through this death. Yet I have the sweet consolation of having saved a poor innocent child from the hands of an unworthy mother.

Farewell, dear Ries ! If I can be of any service to you here, look upon me as yourmost faithful friend,


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