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Ludwig van Beethoven, Brief an Carl Friedrich Peters in Leipzig, Wien, 5. Juni 1822, Reinschrift

Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Sammlung H. C. Bodmer, HCB BBr 35

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The Leipzig publisher Carl Friedrich Peters had written to Beethoven on 18 May, to get in contact with him regarding business matters. As Beethoven had relaxed his relations with Steiner a little, this request came at just the right time. In his reply Beethoven says he is indignant at Steiner's claims to be his sole agent and assures him that he always also negotiates with foreign publishers.
Beethoven offers Peters a range of completed works: "the greatest work, which I have written to date" the Mass op. 123, the Diabelli Variations op. 120, various works for voice and accompaniment (WoO 90, WoO 89, WoO 92a, WoO 118, op. 118 as well as op. 113 no. 3) and several instrumental works (WoO 2a, WoO 5, WoO 28, the Marches WoO 18, 19, 20 and 24 as well as op. 119 nos. 1-6). He also offers Peters a piano sonata and a string quartet - works which he has not finished but which "you may soon have" (no sketches or material for either of them have survived). There are prices for most of the works.
Furthermore Beethoven makes Peters an offer for a complete edition of his works - a project which he has followed for several years and had also already discussed with Steiner. He would personally edit the edition and compose a new work for each genre.

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