Famous people and their symptoms from the perspective of Germanische Heilkunde®. Many thanks to Werner von der Mühle!

The Immortal Beloved – part 2

As a supplement to the first part, I would like to read out a letter regarding Beethoven’s handedness: “In Beethoven’s piano pieces, there is unusually often the melody in the bass, which is played with the left hand. These passages are therefore easier to play sensitively for left-handers. For this reason, it is rumored that he was left-handed, although he wrote with his right hand.”

How did Ludwig’s hearing condition progress after it first appeared? It was fluctuating, sometimes somewhat better, sometimes worse. In 1805, for example, he conducted rehearsals for the opera Leonore without any problems. In 1808 he pointed out the finest nuances in the playing of the boy wonder Wilhelm Rust. And as late as 1811 and 1812, he was able to correct his students’ piano playing precisely. In between, however, there were repeated phases of deafness. In the years after 1813, his hearing steadily deteriorated. In April 1814, he gave his last chamber music concert. The first to go completely deaf was his right ear, and in 1815 he ordered cup- and funnel-shaped ear trumpets only for his left ear since it was still functioning very weakly. From 1818 he had to use notebooks as a means of conversation. Beethoven was deaf!

Where did the constant ups and downs of his hearing come from? Why did it steadily decline to total loss after 1813? And why was his right mother-child ear the first to go deaf? Let’s first see how it went on with Ludwig’s partner DHS Josephine.

Josephine moved to Prague with her husband so that contact between them had initially ebbed away. In January 1804, Josephine’s husband died unexpectedly of pneumonia. Josephine, pregnant at the time, gave birth to her fourth child a month later and became ill for a longer period, presumably after nursing. She re-established contact with Beethoven in early summer and received music therapy from him almost daily. The two were whispered about and talked about in aristocratic circles, but under strict secrecy, they continued their relationship from 1799. Ludwig wrote Josephine several passionate love letters during these years, all similar in style to that of the “Immortal Beloved.” But a marriage/public relationship was out of the question for Josephine.
For one thing, the difference in status was in the way. For another, she had the responsibility for her four children. She probably felt that the impulsive Beethoven was not suitable as an educator, which was later proven by the nephew’s story (I will come to that in the third part). Josephine distanced herself more and more from Beethoven, and, as of September 1807, she ceased all contact with him.

In the spring of 1812, Josephine was abandoned by her second husband, Baron von Stackelberg. Josephine’s diary entries show that she planned to travel to Prague in the summer of 1812. Beethoven also stayed in Prague in the summer of 1812, where he unscheduled met on July 3 the woman whom he described in his famous letter of July 6, 1812, as his “Immortal Beloved.” It is documented that Beethoven skipped an appointment on July 3 in the evening without excuse. The reason will have been the unexpected reunion with Josephine. Several pages have been cut out of Josephine’s diary for this period. There are also conspicuous gaps in the records of her sister Therese. Possibly these were also deliberately removed. Why? We will find out later. It remains to be said that Josephine did not decide in favor of Ludwig even after this episode.

Josephine’s further life was, in short, a single drama. In 1815, in a hut in the Vienna Woods, she gave birth to her eighth child, the result of a brief affair, which she overwhelmed and gave to the child’s father. The child died two years later, understandably from the point of view of Germanische Heilkunde, of measles. Her eldest son became addicted to alcohol and got into debt gambling. Her still husband, Stackelberg, kidnapped her three “common” children. Judicial disputes and increasing financial difficulties followed. The resulting physical consequences took a massive toll on her. She died, suffering for years, lonely and completely impoverished, on March 31, 1821, at 42. Beethoven is said to have supported her in her last years where he could. The last verifiable meeting of their unhappy love took place in 1816.

Josephine’s sister Therese wrote about the relationship: “…why did my sister Josephine not take him (Beethoven) as her husband as Widow Deym? She would have been happier than with Stackelberg. Motherly love determined her – to forego her happiness.”

Between the Josephine phases in his life, Beethoven plunged into ever new love affairs with aristocratic women. Almost all of them took an identical course and had the same negative outcome as with Josephine. Ludwig was dumped. Examples include Therese von Malfatti or the Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. The constant ups and downs with women who resembled Josephine. Other tracks such as piano, teaching situations, tones, etc., explain why it came to a hanging cure of his hearing conflict and deafness on his partner ear.

What is essential for our further research on the right mother-child ear, which was first completely deafened, is a child’s birth on April 08, 1813. Exactly nine months after the Prague meeting and the letter to the Immortal Beloved, Minona, Josephine’s 7th child, is born. Now they read Minona once backward = Anonymous. Minona will have been the result of the surprising, passionate meeting of the two on July 03 and the following night. She was quite certainly Ludwig’s daughter.

In the third and last part, let us approach Beethoven’s right mother-child ear with this knowledge. Theoretically, there must have been more children in Beethoven’s life since his hearing loss on the Mother-Child ear had begun before 1813.

Werner von der Mühle


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