Why did Beethoven only compose one opera?

Generally, moreoverFive things you always wanted to know: Ludwig van Beethoven


Ludwig van Beethoven suffered from a hearing disorder from around 1798, which over the years led to complete deafness. The friend and mechanic Johann Nepomuk Mälzel constructed several ear trumpets for him, but they had little effect. Some of these ear trumpets, which were made between 1812 and 1814, are still preserved in the Beethoven House in Bonn.



Beethoven composed only one opera: Fidelio. He wrote a total of four overtures for it. He immediately rejected the first overture. In 1805 he composed a second overture, the Leonore overture for the first version of the opera. This was followed by the third overture for the second opera version and finally in 1814 the final Fidelio overture for the third and final version of Fidelio. Since this was not ready for the premiere on May 23, 1814, it could not be played for the first time until three days later.



In May 1824, Beethoven was announced as the conductor of a concert evening. Among other things, the famous 9th Symphony was played. Although he was formally there as a conductor, the orchestra followed the assistant Michael Umlauf. Already after part of the concert there was applause, but Beethoven did not turn around. His hearing problem had gotten so bad that he couldn't hear anything. You had to turn it around so that it could see the audience applause and receive it.



One of the most famous pieces of classical music is Beethoven's 5th Symphony in C minor from 1808, which is also known as the Fate Symphony. A special feature: the motif in the first movement uses only four tones: three striking eighth notes G, to whom a long drawn out It follows (Ta-ta-ta-Taaa).



Women played a big role in Beethoven's life and so it was no wonder that he was very often in love. He often dedicated his works to them, such as the piano piece For Elise. Well known is a letter written in 1812 to the “immortal beloved”, whose identity has not yet been clarified without a doubt.



And if you've always wanted to know what Beethoven's string quartets sound like, then why not visit the Musiksalon // Klassik, amNovember 12, 8 p.m., in the upper foyer.