The Beethoven Center at SJSU has the opportunity to purchase a unique Beethoven treasure. Can you help us?
The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University serves as an essential repository for unique and/or rare artifacts related to Beethoven and his time. Located in the King Library, its resources are available to students & faculty at SJSU, and musicians & scholars around the globe. Rarely in the 32-year history of the Beethoven Center have we been offered the opportunity to invest in an artifact of such significant historical value, to maintain its accessibility within the public sphere in perpetuity, and to ensure in the best possible conditions for long-term storage.
This unique Beethoven treasure is a significant—potentially extremely significant—discovery: a first edition score of the Seventh Symphony, inscribed by Beethoven to Antonie Brentano, the woman some believe was his “Immortal Beloved.” The seller has agreed to offer this exclusively to the Beethoven Center until the end of December.
What makes this offer so important to the Beethoven Center:
The inscribed score directly relates to an original manuscript letter maintained in the Center’s collection, written by Beethoven to Franz Brentano, dated February 15, 1817, in which Beethoven mentions sending “several musical works to recall myself to your friendly remembrance.” Beethoven is likely referring this score of his Seventh Symphony. For more information on this letter, click here.
This particular score was completely unknown until the owner contacted the Beethoven Center last fall, and the inscription has been authenticated by Dr. Michael Ladenburger, former director of the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn.
In preparation for the 250th anniversary celebrations in 2020, the Center is looking to acquire more original Beethoven materials for exhibits. This is a rare chance that might not come again.
Thus far we have raised about half of the asking price of $135,000. Your donation will help us meet our goal of raising an additional $10,000 by the beginning of June. Please also share our campaign with your friends!