Immortal Beloved: A tribute to Beethoven’s famous letter

“My thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us – I can live only wholly with you or not at all – Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits…”

We’re big fans of Beethoven here at the Two Moors Festival – you may have been lucky enough to come to one (or all!) of the concerts that formed Beethoven & Biscuits, where all nine of his symphonies were played at the festival in 2008, alongside monologues written especially for the performances.

This year, we felt we just could not ignore his Immortal Beloved, the mysterious recipient of a letter written in 1812 that included this now-infamous term of endearment – and about whom fierce debate has raged regarding her identity. Some say the lucky lady was Guilieta Guicciardi, others argue that she was none other than Thereza von Brunswick and others still believe she was Antonie Brentano.

It’s likely that this will remain one of life’s great unanswered questions, but this year at the festival we’ve decided to honour Beethoven’s intense passion for his lady love by holding a concert on October 16th at All Saints’ Church in Okehampton, with Tai Murray on violin, Ashley Wass on piano, Jing Zhao on cello and Kathryn Thomas on flute.

A very romantic programme – unsurprisingly – the works to be performed are Beethoven’s Allegretto in Bb major for Piano Trio, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise in C major, Beethoven’s Andante Favori in F major, Schubert’s Variations on Trockne Blumen for flute and piano and Beethoven’s Symphony in A major.

“Works chosen for this recital have been looked at with great care,” festival artistic director Penny Adie says. “Romance is essential bearing in mind the content of the letter. Also, works written during the same year have a certain poignancy, particularly the Piano trio movement composed for the daughter of Antonie Brentano.”

It promises to be a lovely evening, whether you’re a Beethoven fan or not. We hope to see you there!

Call (01643) 831006 for further information.

Who do you think Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved was?


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