Resuming the Polish government, Chopin's heart was in an urn in one of the pillars of the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw, the inscription reads: "Where your treasure is, there your heart." For many years he made sure that Chopin had died of tuberculosis, but today it is believed that his death was for cystic fibrosis, a disease whose symptoms and evolution fit more with the symptoms of Chopin throughout his life and in those years was unknown; especially when we know that although Dr. scored in the first instance on his death certificate "death from tuberculosis", then scored "unknown disease".
The authorities and descendants have never authorized to open the bottle to analyze the heart and securely determine the disease suffered Chopin. What became clear is that the bottle and seals, along with the color and state of the liquid corresponding to the time what you throw away the fear of the Nazis in 1944 had opened the bottle and changed heart.
In these last days Beethoven had pneumonia Dr. Andreas Wawruch began dealing with expectorants salts containing lead (something unusual at the time) but as a side effect Beethoven suffered dropsy belly and Wawruch you had to do four punctures to he could free the trapped liquid. Then the doctor closed the lead punctures using soap because this disinfects and prevents bacteria from nesting in the wound. The fatal mixture was that Beethoven suffered from cirrhosis Wawruch know something and then learned of the autopsy. On this point we can say that Beethoven was not an alcoholic as it seeks to label many times, yes drank frequently and liked good wine as was customary at the time. Most likely the problem was that his liver was weakened by a hepatitis A, theory supported by the macronodular appearance of the liver seen at autopsy and a history of an episode of previous jaundice onset of manifestations of cirrhosis as such . Recall that the life of Beethoven is one of the most documented both letters as notebooks conversation. In a future post we will see how it came Beethoven's hair until today.
The famous love letter written by Beethoven and found after his death has caused for centuries the name of the recipient will not know. This woman was called "The Immortal Beloved". For many years it was believed that the letter was written in 1806 until about 1870 it was discovered that the last assistant Beethoven (Schindler) was inserted three times the 1806 date on the letter. The enigma grew and biographers of the nineteenth century did not hit upon to investigate the physical evidence contained in the letter, but to propose this or that woman and best accommodate that relationship to the letter. Today after meeting documents and letters from people related to Beethoven is known that the letter was written on 6 and 7 July 1812. The only woman who meets all the conditions of chronology, topography and secondary situations and already we can say it was the immortal beloved is Antonie Brentano. To view the details of the research and read an excellent biography of Beethoven I advise the book "Beethoven" by Maynard Solomon.
You can view online the original manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Beethoven always showed strong preference for the ode "A joy" from Schiller. Early drafts known date back to 1817 but his final composition took place mainly in the years from 1822 to 1823 after completion of the "Missa Solemnis". The work was completed in the autumn of 1823 in Vienna and was first performed in the great concert of May 7, 1824.
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I want to share with you a great site Online Chopin Variorum Edition contains many autograph manuscripts of the great Polish composer Frederic Chopin. The site is for a project at the University of London, so thank and congratulate director John Rink for such a wonderful project and we encourage further development. To date, June 2014, are available to view Scherzos, Preludes, Ballads, Polonaise Fantasy and Fantasy Op 49. The work includes, besides being able to observe every detail of the manuscripts, very interesting observations.
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