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Beethoven. Beyond

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A genius among nobles

VIENNA, Burgtheater. 1792

PLAY ME

Joseph Haydn was enraptured by my bold new music.

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One day, he offered to become my tutor, taking me
back to Vienna to win over the nobility. A month after my arrival, my father died, but I refused to return to Bonn to attend his funeral: by then, I was busy courting the aristocrats and Haydn was my ticket to their salons. At first glance,
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I was as far from the refined aristocratic world as one could imagine. I was not an attractive person; I was short in stature, my face was pockmarked with smallpox, my skin was very dark and I had bad hair... My friends called me 'the Sicilian', but my magnificent and intense performances propelled me into the most refined musical circles.

Within a few years, I had performed all over Vienna. I remember very well the Burgtheater in Vienna, where I had the pleasure of performing among my late 18th century performances. I became a bold newcomer. To get rid of all rivals, I included in all my repertoire works of diabolical difficulty and attacked the piano with a passion unheard of by the Viennese.

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The art form I was developing put emotion in the foreground. I tried to make the listeners literally lose their balance; women fainted, men cried, objects were thrown at the stage... It was really extraordinary! I, so different, more unique than rare, immediately became a celebrity among the aristocrats.
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A genius among nobles

VIENNA, Burgtheater. 1792

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GRÄTZ, Opava District. 1801

Only one of me

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