Goethe and Beethoven, the unattainable assembly | EUROtoday

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Ppainted by Carl Röhling, commented on a thousand occasions (notably by Kundera in Immortality), the assembly between Goethe and Beethoven resembles the primary scene of the Misanthrope by Molière. The amiable Philinte practices social hypocrisy, whereas Alceste is uncompromising. It's like mixing oil and water! Or making an attempt to assemble curves with angles.

The assembly came about in July 1812, in Teplice, Bohemia, the place the 2 giants took the waters, beneath the patronage of Bettina Brentano. A buddy of each, she would inform the story behind the story with roughly objectivity. At first, every part went properly. “I spend time with him every day,” says Beethoven. Goethe wrote to his spouse: “I’ve by no means seen an artist extra concentrated, extra energetic, extra…


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