Louis Spohr - the 1810's

from Louis Spohr's Autobiography, pages 188-189:

Up to this period, there was no visible falling off in Beethoven’s creative powers. But as from this time, owing to his constantly increasing deafness, he could no longer hear any music, that of a necessity must have had a prejudicial influence upon his fancy. His constant endeavour to be original and to open new paths, could no longer as formerly, be preserved from error by the guidance of the ear. Was it then to be wondered that his works became more and more eccentric, unconnected, and incomprehensible? It is true there are people, who imagine they can understand them, and in their …   more >>
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Louis Spohr, and Frederick Freedman and Longman Roberts & Green London 1865 (ed.), Louis Spohr's Autobiography, volume 1 (1969), p. 188-189. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1416181383740 accessed: 19 August, 2022


Louis Spohr
Concertmaster, Violinist, Composer, Conducting

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Spohr's views on Beethoven's later works
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Date/Time the 1810's
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Originally submitted by tlisboa on Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:43:03 +0000
Approved on Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:54:07 +0000