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Igor Stravinsky-pen and ink


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Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
Beethoven allowed his titled friends to patronize and assist him but never permitted them to dictate to him. His carefree existence at the Lichnovsky mansion was doomed after a quarrel. When he left it ina huff he smashed the bust of his good friend and generous host. Later he wrote a note: ’Prince, what you are, you are by accident of birth. What I am, I am of myself. There are and will be thousands of princes. There is only one Beethoven.’
During the busy years of composing, Beethoven’s music so filled his life and thoughts to his dress or eating hardly making demands on him. One day in a restaurant he sat at a table and ordered his meal. Before the waiter could bring his order he started to jot down notes in his ever handy notebook. He became so absorbed that he didn’t know the waiter had taken unusually long time to serve him. When he finally arrived Beethoven thinking that he had already eaten asked for the check.

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