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Momentous meetings of our times

1812

Beethoven and Goethe meet in the summer at the fashionable Bohemian spa of Teplice. The composer was then 41, the poet 62. Beethoven later reported: “How patient the great man was with me! How happy he made me then! I would have gone to death, yes, ten times to death for Goethe.”

Goethe wrote to his wife: “I have never…

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