Beethoven's apartment in Schwartzspanierstrasse
In his account of the meeting with Beethoven, Liszt talks of "two small rooms". Now - how small is "small"? Here is a drawing of Beethoven's last apartment from The Historic Museum in Vienna (thanks to Dr. Adelbert Schusser) and based on the recollections of eyewitnesses.
First of all there was more than two rooms and the large one was big enough to have two pianos in the middle - and during Beethoven's final illness even a bath tub - besides a number of closets, tables and bookcases.
Then why do I show this
picture? Well - there are certain reasons. First of all it was
Beethoven's last apartment in Schwartzspanierstrasse in Wien. I do
not insist that humanity has become wiser - for it has not, but
today this building aught to have been the treasure of treasures among
UNESCU'S list of World Heritage Sites.
This is the famous picture of
Beethoven's funeral. In the background the Schwarzspanierhaus and on the
left the funeral procession with the coffin on the shoulders. Among the pall
bearers were Franz Schubert who after the ceremony drank to the next to
"follow" Beethoven - it was he. 20.000 people had assembled to witness this
Among the tenant of this flat after Beethoven it is worth to mention the author Nicolaus Lenau whose Faust inspired among others Liszt (Mephisto Waltz) and later the philosopher who inspired Ludwig Wittgenstein, Otto Weiniger (1880 - 1903). The latter committed suicide but according to some web pages it is suggested that this happened at a time the house had been demolished. This gives rise to some vivid pictures (!).
The haunting reality is, that it was in these room some of
the greatest music of mankind was created. In fact it will be
impossible at any time give a realistic estimate for Beethoven's
importance in World Culture.