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64, n. 234; Schiedermair, Der junge Beethoven, 51. Schlosser, Beethoven: the First Biography, 40–1. Wegeler and Ries, Biographische Notizen über Beethoven, 11. 24 Beethoven the Pianist hand, do not mention the court organist at all in connection with Ludwig’s tuition. ”57 In view of the uncertainty about Beethoven’s exact age at that time, van den Eeden might have become Beethoven’s teacher as late as 1780. On the other hand, Mäurer would surely have had opportunities to hear of Beethoven’s “progress” by that time.
It is easy to name some non-musical reasons for Johann’s restrictive attitude in Fischer’s three examples: By disregarding the instruction to play from the music and to refrain from “scraping nonsense,” Ludwig was disobeying, and thus threatened his father’s position as an authority; doing so repeatedly showed stubbornness, which was classed as a “dangerous habit” by eminent pedagogues of the day;46 Ludwig’s 42 43 44 46 Solomon, Beethoven, 16. The rather undisturbed chronology of this section of the Fischer manuscript suggests that this may have happened in 1775 or 1776 and that it was indeed Johann van Beethoven who taught Ludwig the fundamentals not only on the Clavier but on the violin as well.
Familie Beethoven im kurfürstlichen Bonn, 65 and, slightly rephrased, 74. Thayer, Life of Beethoven, 61. , Familie Beethoven im kurfürstlichen Bonn, 47, n. , Des Bonner Bäckermeisters Gottfried Fischer Aufzeichnungen über Beethovens Jugend, Munich / Duisburg: Henle, 1971. 26 Beethoven the Pianist main body of Fischer’s text tells us only about daily violin and viola lessons but identiﬁes no teacher. The previous paragraphs describe the situation according to the few surviving sources. Beethoven biographers have been reluctant to accept some of their claims, to the disadvantage of van den Eeden and Pfeiﬀer.