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Title... A small Beethoven museum which you will not find elsewhere

This small virtual museum gathers together actual elements in many places, and also allows you to see those which no longer exist. Here are images, many of which you may have seen before, but others which will be new.

Many thanks to Hans Brofeldt, Sylvie Laurent and all my correspondents who sent me the card-indexed images for the site or simply for my pleasure. Thanks again.

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Title... Schwarzspanierhaus
The Schwarzspanierhaus was the last dwelling of Beethoven. It was destroyed in 1904. It's name, "house of the Black Spaniards", arises from its use by Spanish friars who wore black robes.

Plan of the Schwarzspanierhaus

Plan of the Schwarzspanierhaus by Hans Brofeldt.
From right to left, above:
Servant room - Kitchen - Entrance - Staircase (5)
From right to left, below:
Back room, with the desk of Beethoven (10) - large room with a bed where Beethoven died (8-9) - Salon with a portrait of the grandfather of Beethoven (6) - Piece of music (7)

The Schwarzspanierhaus before its destruction

The Schwarzspanierhaus before its destruction.

The hall and the door of the last apartment of Beethoven

The hall and the door of the last apartment of Beethoven
The lock of the door...

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Title... Some musical instruments
The string quartet of Beethoven

The string quartet of Beethoven, given by Prince Moritz von Lichnovsky a little before 1802.

One of the violins, signed Nicholas Amatus, probably dating from the 18th century. The other, signed Joseph Guarnerius, dating from the second half of the 18th century. The viola comes from the maker Johann Anton Gedler, also comes from the second half of the 18th century. Finally, the cello was made sometime before 1700 in Italy.

Source: Beethoven-Haus Bonn - Cd "Schuppanzig Quartett"

The clarinet given by Beethoven

The clarinet is one which Beethoven gave to a young clarinetist aged 10, during the summer of 1826, which he passed with his brother at Gneixendorf. The little boy lived at Krems, and later became a celebrated clarinetist. On the other side, it is possible to see the marks made by his teeth on the mouthpiece, evidence of its frequent use.

I imagine that both he and Beethoven were made very happy by the gift, Beethoven because he was fond of children and he delighted in encouraging them towards a musical vocation, and the little boy because he would have been aware of Beethoven's greatness and so the gift would have immense value for him.

Text and photo: Sylvie Laurent

Beethoven's piano made by Conrad Graf

The piano is one of the three which it is certain that Beethoven owned. It is made by Conrad Graf, who probably gave it to Beethoven on 26th January 1826 (his Broadwood, a gift from the latter, was in very bad repair).

The piano is varnished mahogany and is 4,43 meters long. The keys are of ivory and ebony. Its range is from C 0 to F 6. The Graf is the last of Beethoven's pianos.

Source: Beethoven-Haus Bonn - Cd "Beethovens Klavier"

The two other pianos, the Erard piano (of 1809, without doubt) is on display in a museum in Linz, and the Broadwood, received in 1813, is to be found in a museum in Budapest.

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Title... Some objects belonging to Beethoven
Glasses and ear trumpets of Beethoven.

Glasses and ear trumpets of Beethoven.

The Czech Johann Nepomunk Maelzel, genius inventor, notably of the metronome, created various appliances to aid Beethoven with his failing hearing: ear trumpets, listening systems attached to the piano, etc.

Beethoven's walking stick… Beethoven's walking stick…
One of Beethoven's inkwells One of Beethoven's inkwells. Who knows what Beethoven wrote and composed with it...
The sugar box, which closes with a key... The sugar box
A silver spoon… A silver spoon…
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Many thanks to Melanie PIDDOCKE for her translation of this page from French into English
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