“My thoughts turn towards you, my Immortal Beloved…”-Ludwig Van Beethoven

February 14th, 2013 § 0 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today marks the final day in our month-long ode to love in words and music. To celebrate, we bring you the mother of all love letters, Beethoven’s letter to his “Immortal Beloved:”

While still in bed my thoughts turn towards you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then happy, then sad again, waiting whether fate might answer us – I can only live either wholly with you or not at all, Yes, I have resolved to stray about in the distance, until I can fly into your arms, and send my soul embraced by you into the realm of the Spirits – Yes, unfortunately it must be – you will compose yourself all the more since you know my faithfulness to you, never can another own my heart, never – never – O God why do I have to separate from someone whom I love so much, and yet my life in Vienna as it is now is a miserable life – Your love makes me at once most happy and most unhappy – At my age I would now need some conformity, regularity of my life – Can this exist in our relationship? – Angel, I have just heard that the mail coach goes every day – and thus I must finish so that you may receive the letter immediately. – Be patient – Only through quiet contemplation of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm; for only by calmly considering our lives can we achieve our purpose of living together.- Be calm – Love me – Today – Yesterday – What yearning with tears for you – You – You my life – My everything – Farewell – Oh continue to love me – Never misjudge the most faithful heart of your Beloved

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ever Thine

Ever Mine

Ever Ours


Join us at the HSO tonight through Sunday at Love is in the Air for live love letter readings as well as music by Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Bizet and Falla.

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