Beethoven's viola

At the age of 18 Beethoven was given a post as viola player in the Bonn court orchestra. After he had moved away from Bonn, the instrument was left behind with his violin teacher Franz Anton Ries, who was likewise a member of the orchestra. His descendants placed it at the disposal of the Beethoven-Haus. Following its restoration it is still played today on special occasions.

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