The Beethovenhaus in Bonn has bought a letter that the composer wrote in 1813.
It’s addressed to Maria Eleonora Fuchs, a countess, and it mentions a severe personal crisis. This is unusually strong language for Beethoven. He is broke, has lost his patron and is suffering from ‘a torn heart’.
He is 43 years old and without prospects or means of sustenance.
It is not clear if the letter was ever delivered.