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Sketches by Beethoven

Beethoven made notes of ideas, drafts and elaborations for almost all his works. He carefully kept his work papers. Several thousand sheets (70 sketchbook as well as single sheets) still exist. After his death, the sketchbook were torn apart by autograph collectors and souvenir hunters so that hardly any book remained complete.

The sketch collection of the Beethoven-Haus includes books and loose sheets. Many sheets and pages belong to sketchbooks kept in other libraries. The collection thus represents almost the entire sketch corpus. (About sketch research...)

Different traditions are applied for naming the sketchbooks: The name of the previous owner, the place where the book was kept, the library's shelf mark, the time when the book was created, or its content.


Sketchbooks Autograph 11|2
Engelmann
De Roda
Grasnick 1
Grasnick 2
Landsberg 8|2
Landsberg 9
Pastorale
Petter
Sauer
Summer 1800
Scheide
Wielhorsky
Wittgenstein
1807-1808
1810-1811
1814-1815
Pocket sketchbook Bonn BH 107
Bonn BH 108
Bonn BH 109
Bonn BH 110
Bonn BSk 22 und Mh 96
Moskauer
Rolland
Late summer 1819
Single sheets until 1792
until 1800
until 1810
until 1820
until 1827