No. 6: Bitte (A Tender Entreaty)
Webbe, Naniewicz. Imagine the disappointment of these men, fresh from the performance of the C minor Symphony, when they played through the overtures to Die Ruinen von Athen and Koenig Stephan , which, however interesting to a Hungarian audience as introductions to a patriotic prologue and epilogue in the theatre, possess none of those great qualities expected from Beethoven and demanded in a concert overture!
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Nor was the "Namensfeier" thought worthy of its author. A few years later he published all three and the Society did not think it worth while to complain. Amongst them was the overture to Die Ruinen von Athen , which I consider unworthy of him. TF then discusses the matter with Birchall:. That publisher, having at least early in February received the last of the works published by him,, immediately deposited with Coutts and Co. March, , of Mr. A Sonata for the Pianoforte with an Accompaniment for the Violin, dedicated to.
And in consideration of such payment I hereby for myself, my Executors and Administrators promise and engage to execute a proper Assignment thereof to him, his Executors and Administrators or Assignees at his or their Request and Costs, as he or they shall direct. And I likewise promise and engage as above, that none of the above shall be published in any foreign Country, before the time and day fixed and agreed on for such Publication between R.
Birchall and myself shall arrive" [TF: ]. Instead of this document that, as TF writes, was so important to Birchall's security, he received another demand by Beethoven for another 5 Pounds, according to this Memorandum:. Postage to Amsterdam. On February 28 [Henle-Gesamtausgabe, Vol.
Then, in May, he is reported as having written the following letter, of which Ries did not pass on the entire text:. My dear Ries:.
My answer to your letter comes somewhat tardily; but I was ill, had much to do and it was impossible for me to answer you sooner. Fries deducted 6 fl. Convention money for postage. Tell B. I need it; my salary amounts to florins in paper, I pay house-rent, and my servant and his wife nearly fl.
Moreover, I have got to care wholly for my little nephew. Till now he has been in an Institute; this costs me close to 1 fl. I hope to have news from Neate, too; urge him on a bit. Be assured of my sincere interest in your future. Unfortunately I have none. I found only one , whom I shall doubtless never possess; but I am not a woman-hater on that account.
Your true friend, Beethoven" [TF: ; When Neat, having become familiar with the overture debacle through a letter to him, arrived in London, he was certainly already prepared for the coldness with which is suggestions with respect to Beethoven would be received.
However, according to TF, he was surprised that no-one wanted to listen to him, at all and that he had pleaded with Birchall that he would buy the overtures, to which the latter is reported as having replied that he would not even print them if they were given to him for free. With respect to the [im]possible purchase of the score of the Seventh Symphony by the Philharmonic Society, TF writes:.
It is another instance of Beethoven's unlucky tendency to suspect the conduct and motives of others, that seeing in a newspaper a notice of the production of one of his Symphonies by the Philharmonic Society, he at once assumed that it was the Seventh and that Neate had given the use of his manuscript! Under such circumstances Neate could do nothing for Beethoven; nor could he well disclose the true cases of his failure; so the composer characteristically assumed that he would do nothing, and, as will be seen, gave vent to his wrath in terms equally bitter and unjust.
Of all the other works which I sent by him I am almost ashamed to speak, even to myself for having again been so trustful as to give them to him wholly without conditions trusting that his friendship and care for my interests would find a way-- I was given to read a translation of a report in the Morning Cronicle about the performance of the Symphony. The same thing will probably happen to this as well as all the other works which I have to N.
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Birchall received yours of the 22d of last month and was surprised to hear you have not yet received the additional L 5. He assures the above sum was paid to Mrssrs. Coutts and Co. Fries and Co. In consequence of your last letter, inquiry has again been made at Messrs. London, May 13, Birchall a further sum of five pounds [ L 5] on your account for the use of Mr. You will therefore please to account to that gentleman for the same and include the amount in your next bill upon us.
Beethoven will call on Messrs. Birchall is sorry you have not received it so soon as you ought, but he hopes you will be convinced the fault does not lay [ sic [ with him, as the money was paid the day after Mr. Ries spoke about it. Birchall wished particularly to have the Declaration returned to him as soon as possible and likewise wishes you to favour him with the Dedications and opus numbers, which are to be put to the Trio, Sonata and the Grand Symphony in A.
The publication of the Sonata has been delayed a long time in consequence of that, but he hopes you will not delay forwarding all on the receipt of this. When you write again Mr. Birchall will be glad to know your sentiments respecting writing Variations to the most favourite English, Scotch or Irish airs for the Pianoforte with an accompamiment either for the violin or violoncello--as you find best--about the same length as Mozart's airs "La dove prende" and "Comoma o tortorella" and Handel's "See the Conquering Hero Comes"; with your Variations, be so good, when you oblige him with your terms, as to say whether the airs need be sent to you; if you have many perhaps mentioning the same will be sufficient.
In fixing the price Mr. Birchall wishes you to mention a sum that will include copying and Postages. Lonsdale" [TF ]. In reply to the other topics of your favour, I have no objections to write Variations according to your plan and I hope you will not find L 30 too much, the accompaniment will be a flute or violin or a violoncello; you'll either decide it when you send me the approbation of the price, or you'll leave it to me. I expect to receive the songs or poetry--the sooner the better, and you'll favour me also with the probable number of works of Variations you are inclined to receive of me.
The Trio in B[flat] is dedicated to the same and is Op.
Concerning the expenses of copying and posting, it is not possible to fix them beforehand, they are at any rate not considerable and you'll please to consider that you have to deal with a man of honour, who will not charge one 6d [sixpence] more than he is charged for himself.
Messrs Fries and Co. The postage may be lessened as I have been told. If offer you of my works the following new ones. A grand Sonata for the pianoforte alone L A Trio for the Piano with accompt. It is possible that somebody will offer you other works of mine to purchase: for ex. With regard to the arrangement of this Symphony for the piano, I beg you not to forget that you are not to publish it until I have appointed the day of its publication here in Vienna. This cannot be otherwise without making myself guilty of a dishonourable act--but the Sonata with the violina nd the Trio in B-flat may be published without any delay.
With all the new works which you will have of me or which I offer you, it rests with you to name the day of their publication at your own choice. I entreat you to honour me as soon as posbile with an answer having many orders for compositions and that you may not be delayed. TF [p. With respect to this, we refer to Letter No.
AS TF reports, Neate then expressed his disappointment and his amazement at Beethoven's reaction in his letter of October 29, , to the composer. Lonsdale wrote as follows in behalf of Mr. Birchall to inform you, he is glad to find you are now satisfied respecting his promise of paying you L 5 in addition to what you before received according to agreement; but he did not think you would have delayed sending the receipt signed after the receipt of the ducats merely because you had not received the L 5. Till it comes Mr. Birchall cannot, at any rate, enter into any fresh arrangement, as his first care will be to secure those pieces he has already paid you for, and see how they answer his purpose as a Music Seller and without the receipt he cannot prevent any other Music Seller from publishing them.
In regard to the airs with variations, the price of L 30, which is supposed you mean for each, is considerably more than he could afford to give, ever to have any hopes of seeing them repay him. If that should be your lowest price--Mr. Birchall will give up his idea of them altogether.
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The Symphony in A will be quite ready for publication in a week; Mr. Ries who has kindly undertaken the inspection of your works has it now looking over--but it will not come out till the day comes you may appoint. I am sorry to say, that Mr. Birchall's health has been very bad for two or three years back, which prevents him from attending to business and as there are, I fear, but little hopes of his being much better, he is less anxious respecting making any additions to his catalogue than he otherwise would have been; he is much obliged to you for the offer of the Sonata and the Trio, but he begs to decline it for the reasons before mentioned.
Birchall, etc. The Sonata in G is published and the Trio will be in a few days. Is Mr. Beethoven's opera Fidelio published? Where and by whom? In reply to this letter, Beethoven is reported as having sent a letter to Birchall dated December 14, Some error might have taken place that instead of Messrs. Excuse this irregularity, but it is not my fault, nor had I ever the idea of withholding it from the circumstance of the L 5 not being included. Should the receipt not come forth at Messrs.
The grand opera Fidelio is my work. The arrangement for the pianoforte has been published here under my care, but the score of the opera itself is not yet published. I have given a copy of the score to Mr. Neate under the seal of friendship and whom I shall direct to treat for my account in case an offer should present--I anxiously hope your health is improving.
Lonsdale, after the death of Birchall, did not find a further contact with Beethoven worthwhile. To conclude our look at this matter, we might arrive at the following summary: 1.
No. 6: Bitte (A Tender Entreaty) Sheet Music by Max Reger
In , Beethoven has sent "Wellington's Victory" to the English Prince Regent and had also dedicated the work to him. Since he neither received a reply nor an acknowledgement that it had been received, his "usual anger" developed in him against such inaction. George Smart's success with Op.
To the English composer and musician Charles Neate, who arrived in Vienna in May, , Beethoven gave various scores to take with him to England, among them also that of Op. As we know, with his letter of the end of January of the beginning of February, , Beethoven said farewell to Neate and 'welcomed him home to England' with his letter of May 18, , but did not hear from him in response.
From our look at the above-quote letters from the Henle-Gesamtausgabe we know the real reason for Neate's silence, but also of Beethoven's 'usual anger' in the interim period, in which he believed Neat to be the "second Englishman" who could not be relied upon and who "misappropriated" his works and who had his Symphony Op.