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"...A more self-contained, energetic, sincere artist I never saw." (Goethe)

Beethoven am Klavier

Standing with one finger touching the keys was often all that was required to induce Beethoven to play.

It was as a pianist rather than composer that Beethoven first impressed Vienna.

It was particularly his powers of improvisation that amazed musicians and the public alike. He was regarded as having few rivals, and those who challenged him generally came off worse in popular ‘piano contests’, such as Daniel Stiebelt who left humiliated before Beethoven had finished playing! 

Beethoven spielt im Freundeskreis
Beethoven spielt in Adelshäusern

Beethoven playing for friends...

...for nobility.

Beethoven spielt in Adelskreisen
Beethoven spielt vor Mozart

..’.passion and power’...

...The young virtuoso

Rasumovski-Quartett
Beethoven spielt vor Mozart

Directing "Rasumovski-Quartet"

Impressing  Mozart

Franz Schuhmacher

House of Franz Schuhmacher.

Klavierfantasien

Inspired

Beethoven Reference Site © 2010

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