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Vienna

This statue of Beethoven was erected at the Beethovenplatz, near the Konzerthaus, at Vienna. It was commissioned by the Vienna “Friends of Music” just after the Beethoven’s centenary. It was unveiled on May 1st 1880. Since then it has been moved due to the clearing of the base of the Danube. The sculptor Caspar Clemens von Zumbush created this statue […]

Frankfurt

In the park “Du Fay Garten” in Frankfurt, it is possible to meet Schiller and Goethe, and a monument dedicated to Beethoven: “Dem Genius Beethovens”. This bronze monument is 4,50 meters high and has been sculpted by Georg Kolbe (Waldheim 1877 – Berlin 1947). He ended the model in 1939, but because of the war, the bronze was created only in […]

Berlin

There is a nice monument dedicated to German composers at the Tiergarten at Berlin. In 1904 the sculpturer Rudolph Leopold Siemering and his son, the architect Wolfgang Siemering created this 10 meter high baroque memorial statue in marble. Its three sides are adorned with a dome, on top of which three amorines are holding a laurel wreath. On the three […]

Dresden

This sculpture of Beethoven was created by Ernst Julius Hähnel. It’s a copy of the statue erected at Bonn – perhaps the original model. Hähnel was working at Dresden with Gottfried Sempers when he sculpted the piece at Bonn. The statue is kept at the museum of Modern Art at Dresden. . There are many streets in Dresden which bear […]

Liepzig

Beethoven at Leipzig: the statue by Max Klinger Beethoven deep in thought, seated naked amongst angels with an eagle at his feet: this is the image created by the artist Max Klinger. Max Klinger was born at Leipzig in 1857. He worked on this sculpture of Beethoven for more than fifteen years. He created first of all, models in plastic […]

Maria’s Grave

In the old cemetary, Alter Friedhof, can be found the grave of Beethoven’s mother: Maria Magdalena Keverich. Beethoven said that his mother was an adorable mother, and his best friend. His words are engraved on the gravestone. Also found here is the gravestone of Robert Schumann and Franz Ries’ tomb…

Freizeit Park

Here is another statue, situated in the Freizeitpark Rheinaue, south west of the city centre, following the Rhine. Who created this statue and when? One can read this text, under the black and white picture (on the left), in “Beethoven in German Politics, 1970-1989” by David B. Dennis: “Peter Breuer’s model for a Beethoven monument in Bonn. Despite direct financial […]

Beethovenhalle

“Beethon”, is the title of this astonishingsculpture. Made in concrete by Klaus Kammerichs,unveiled in 1986. Left: the sculpture head on. Right: the behindview of Beethon. The light changes the impression given by thesculpture, and direct sun puts an artistic lookon the composer’s face. A closer look allows us tounderstand the concept of this sculpture. Eachpart in relief corressponds to a […]

Bonn Hähnel Statue

Franz Liszt is responsible forthis statue of Beethoven at Bonn. He contributednot only financially and personally but alsoorganised concerts from which the funds wereput towards the statue. The statue was cast by the Nuremberg founder Jakob Daniel Burgschmiet. For the unveiling, Franz Lisztcomposed and conducted his “Cantata forthe inauguration of the Beethoven Monument”. The statue was installed onthe Münsterplatz,on August […]