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date: 07 July 2022

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
German composer 

  1. Muss es sein? Es muss sein.
    Must it be? It must be.
    String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135, epigraph
  2. The immortal god of harmony.
    of Johann Sebastian Bach
    letter to the publishers Breitkopf und Härtel, 22 April 1801
  3. I shall seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.
    letter to Franz Wegeler, 16 November 1801
  4. Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
    remark to Bettina von Arnim, letter from Bettina von Arnim to Goethe, 28 May 1810
  5. I like honesty and sincerity; and I maintain that an artist should not be shabbily treated.
    often quoted as ‘No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist’
    letter to C. F. Peters, 5 June 1822
  6. Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.
    Ludwig Nohl Beethoven Depicted by his Contemporaries (1880)
  7. I shall hear in heaven.
    attributed last words, almost certainly apocryphal but current since the mid nineteenth century