3 July 2007
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827). Autograph note signed ('ganz ihr Beethowen') to 'Liebe[r] Z!' [Nikolaus Zmeskall], n.p. [Vienna], n.d. [perhaps 1811], 7 lines on one page, oblong 4to (132 x 186mm), cut down from a larger sheet, no watermark, later annotation ('Beethoven', rather smudged) to verso.
'Ich bitte sie mir das Quartett von [a?] spätestens gegen 4 uhr diesen Nachmittags zu schicken, da ich es nothwendig brauche, falls ihr Bedienter niemand bey mir findet soll er's zur Haußmeisterin unten nur geben' [Please send me the quartet by [a?] at the latest by 4 o'clock this afternoon, as I need it urgently, if your servant finds no one at home he should simply leave it with the landlady].
No.539a in the Briefwechsel Gesamtausgabe, vol.2 (Munich, 1996), where it is speculated that the composer of the quartet may be Léopold Aimon, to whom Beethoven wrote on 20 June 1811, thanking him for his proposed dedication of a string quartet.
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