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Silhouette of the Breuning family




The young Beethoven liked frequenting the Breunings' house in Bonn. This connection was of the greatest importance for Beethoven's personal development. The second oldest son, Stephan von Breuning, was still one of his closest and most reliable friends in Vienna. Beethoven gave the daughter Eleonore piano lessons. According to Gerhard, Stephan von Breuning's son, there was also a "warm and everlasting bond of friendship" between them both.

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