Biographical and composition-related studies of the Beethoven-Haus always raise questions concerning Beethoven's mind and the mindset of his environment. What influences was he exposed to? How did he educate himself? What principles and rules of thumb did he follow? In order to study Beethoven's intellectual interests, all books and sheet music the composer read, studied, copied, extracted, put to music, owned, borrowed and lent, gave away or planned to buy need to be identified. The result would be a long list. However, even Beethoven's core belongings, his own book and music sheet collection, are only known in parts. In a joint effort, his library is now to be reconstructed. Librarians and scientists contribute their knowledge and antiquarians and private collectors sell their books granting special conditions. Friends of the Beethoven-Haus can contribute, too, by adopting books.
Help us reconstruct Beethoven's library. Adopt a book or surprise your friends with a book adoption. Choose a book donation of 50, 200 or 500 Euro or select your own amount.
Feel good about having contributed to the reconstruction of Beethoven's library
The book acquired with your help will be added a book plate stating the names of the contributors (starting from 50 Euro).
Additionally, adopters' names will be published in "Appassionato" and upon request we will present you the selected book in the reading hall of the Beethoven-Haus (starting from 200 Euro).
Receive invitations to special events of the Beethoven-Haus (starting from 500 Euro).
All donations are tax-deductible. For donations of less than 200 Euro the wire transfer receipt is sufficient as proof of donation. For amounts of 200 Euro and more, you will receive a donation receipt.
How to adopt a book
Transfer your donation to:
Beneficiary: Verein Beethoven-Haus
Bank: Deutsche Bank AG Bonn
IBAN: DE18 3807 0059 0075 3251 00
Reason for transfer: Book adoption