A Note on Thayer’s Life of Beethoven

Tuesday, July 23, 2002, 10:57 am, Vancouver, BC

Investment manipulation time again, and the bank, as usual, completely useless.

Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver, BC, looking to Lions Gate Bridge (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Yesterday afternoon walked along False Creek to between the bridges, admired the views for a while, and then returned the same way: the day was, as many have been recently, spectacular.

Brown Thrasher. (Courtesy: Stephen Muskie)

Cycled the Seawall first thing this morning. Think I spotted a brown thrasher, but am not positive about the identification.

After many years, completed reading Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, in the revision edited by Elliott Forbes. It is scrupulous biography; and despite its often detached dryness, remarkably vivid.

There is a touching comment by Beethoven in his letter of reply of 7 December 1826 to his old friend Wegeler in Coblenz:

Franz Wegeler. (Courtesy: De Beethovensite)

If we were separated from another that was the force of circumstance; each had to follow the object of his goal and try to reach it…. (Thayer, p. 1020)

Simple, yet true; and both consoling and realistic.

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