[Smt-talk] Finding a Beethoven anecdote

Berry, David Carson (berrydc) berrydc at UCMAIL.UC.EDU
Mon Oct 7 05:18:48 PDT 2013

Beethoven seems to have been fond of using the cited term for "authorities" with whom he disagreed.

In the margins to Gottfried Weber's discussion of Mozart's Requiem (in "Caecilia"), Beethoven wrote "O du Erz Esel," and later "doppelter Esel." (See the German edition of Thayer's Beethoven biography.)


David Carson Berry
Associate Professor of Music Theory
College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

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