Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Ludwig Van Beethoven's Return to Vienna

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Ludwig Van Beethoven's Return to Vienna

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Oh you men who think or say that I am malevolent, stubborn, or misanthropic, hotv greatly do you wrong me...

-The Heiligenstadt Testament

Three miles from my adopted city

lies a village where I came to peace.

The world there was a calm place,

even the great Danube no more

than apale ribbon tossed onto the landscape

by a girl's careless hand. Into this stillness

I had been ordered to recover.

The hills were gold with late summer;

my rooms were two, plus a small kitchen,

situated upstairs in the back of a cottage

at the end of the Horengasse.

From my window I could see onto the courtyard

where a linden tree twined skyward-

leafy umbilicus canted toward light,

warped in the very act ofyearning-

and I would feed on die sun as if that alone

would dismande the silence around me.

At first I raged. Then music raged in me,

rising so swiftly I could not write quickly enough

to ease the roiling. I would stop

to light a lamp, and whatever I'd missed-

larks flying to nest, church bells, the shepherd's

home-toward-evening song-rushed in, and I

would rage again. …

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