Ludwig van Beethoven, Heiligenstädter Testament.
With transcription and commentary in Englisch, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese Sprache, edited by Sieghard Brandenburg, new edition 1999
(Series III Ausgewählte Handschriften in Faksimile-Ausgaben, Vol. 12)
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On his doctor's advice Beethoven spent the summer months of 1892 taking the waters in Heiligenstadt, a village situated in an idyllic area near Vienna. During his stay he fell seriously ill, which possibly moved him to write the so-called "Heiligenstadt Testament". Dated 6 October 1802 it is without a doubt one of the most well-known documents from Beethoven's life. It is not exactly a will in a legal sense but rather a letter of justification, an expression of the crisis in which Beethoven found himself. Composed in passionate terms and full of pathos, Beethoven accounts for his often rather brusque manner due to the onset of his deafness, which he had, up to this time, kept a secret.