It's certainly been a busy few weeks! Between interviewing new piano students, and welcoming other students back to piano lessons after summer break, it's been a whirlwind of activity!
My husband and I also just got back from a few weeks out of the country. I decided to tag along on his work trip to Strasbourg, France, and I have to say - both of us were immensely surprised by the rich amount of history, including music history, that surrounded us on our European trip.
While my husband was at work one day, I decided to make the three hour drive from Strasbourg, France, to Bonn, Germany. This city is a sort of "Mecca" for musicians, as it is the city of Beethoven's birth.
This is the home Beethoven was born in, and where he lived for his first few years of life. This home also houses the largest Beethoven collection in the world, including the ear trumpets and notepads he used as he began to go deaf, the Heiligenstadt Testimony, several of his pianofortes and other personal instruments, and manuscript after manuscript after manuscript of handwritten musical scores.
The room shown above is the actual room where Beethoven was born.
And this is one of Beethoven's personal pianos. where he must have worked out many orchestra scores, and many piano sonatas. He sat and actually played this instrument! It gave me chills!
It was a marvelous experience for me to see Beethoven's handwritten music and personal belongings - which made his life and music even more real to me.
The Beethoven-Haus website has a fabulous resource for professional musicians and students! You can view the digital archives of many of Beethoven's manuscripts, letters, and first editions, on their website for free.
More to come about other musical experiences I had in Europe!
Michal Grace Harris
Piano Teacher & Accompanist