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Subject: Vox populi (Re: Salieri in Beethoven's notebooks)
From: Michael Lorenz <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael Lorenz <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 19 Aug 1998 15:34:55 +0200
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At 18:17 18.08.98 -0400, Gabriel wrote:
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>> So does anybody know what exactly appears in Beethoven's notebooks?

Beethoven's conversation books, January 21-25 1824.
Nephew Karl: 'Salieri declares that he has poisoned Mozart.'
Schindler: 'With Salieri it is going very badly again. He constantly
fantasizes that he is guilty of Mozart's death, and that he gave him poison
... he wants to confess this as such.'
Schindler (ca. February 8, 1824): 'The belief in Salieri's confession is
also to be judged in that light [unclear reference in context] ...It is
absolutely no proof, it only strengthens the belief.'
Johann Schickh, newspaper editor (ca. February 8, 1824): 'Ther's a 100 to 1
chance that the utterance of Salieri's conscience is true! ... The method
of Mozart's death bears out these remarks.'
Schindler (same time): 'You are so gloomy again, sublime Master ... Do not
take it so much to heart; it is largely the destiny of great men! ... There
are certainly many living who can testify how [Mozart] died, if theb
symptoms appeared ... He [Salieri?] will however have harmed Mozart more by
his disapproval, than Mozart him.'

(Beethoven, Konversationshefte, Leipzig 1968-, vol. IV and V, translation:
T. Albrecht).

'Both his physician and his two constant attendants publicly testified, ...
that no expression ever passed the sick man's lips, which could give color
to the idea that he had poisoned Mozart.' [Albrecht 1989, p. 154].

Cheers,
Michael

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