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Franz Joseph Maximilian Fürst von Lobkowitz ( 1772-1816) - Fotografie eines wohl von Friedrich Oelenhainz stammenden Ölgemäldes

Beethoven-Haus Bonn, NE 81, Band I, Nr. 173

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Prince Franz Joseph Maximilian von Lobkowitz was a great music lover and passionate violinist. Since 1796 the Prince had a private orchestra and employed excellent musicians for a string quartet. He became one of the most important patrons of Ludwig van Beethoven and was interested in performing as many new works of the composer in his palace. Particularly noteworthy is Beethoven's Third Symphony, the so-called "Eroica" which was rehearsed several times at the Prince's place before its first public performance.

Prince Lobkowitz also made great efforts to provide Beethoven with a decent income. Since 1809 he, Prince Kinsky and Archduke Rudolph paid the composer an annual pension of 4,000 Florin to keep him in Vienna. Beethoven, on his part, dedicated a number of works to his patron, among them six string quartets op. 18, string quartet op. 74, the triple concerto, the Third, Fifth and Sixth Symphony as well as the song cycle "An die ferne Geliebte" (To the distant beloved).(S.B.)

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