Some of Beethoven's closest friends came from Slovakia

Some of Beethoven's closest friends came from Slovakia

On 16 December 2020, the whole music world commemorates the 250th birthday of the classical music icon – Ludwig van Beethoven. Not many know that Beethoven had some strong ties to present day Slovakia. Moreover, in November 1796, he supposedly held a concert in Bratislava, back then Pressburg. The local newspaper Pressburger Zeitung among all its reports from those days, however, does not mention the fact that Beethoven played a concert here. And what about his mythical connections to the Brunsvik family and the manor house in Dolná Krupá? Listen to the story by Zuzana Botiková, who looks under the veil of popular Beethoven myths!

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Beethoven's pavilion in Dolná Krupá.
He supposedly visited the Brunsvik family there in early 1800s.

Zuzana Botikova; Elena Seeber; Photo: lvbeethoven.de