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    Hi, I'm new to this forum. I have a question I hope someone can answer - did Beethoven write poetry? If so, do you know where I can find any of it?

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    Well, I'll reply with what probably is Beethoven "common knowledge:"

    The opening words of the final movement of Beethoven's 9th- "O Freunde, nicht diese töne!
    Sondern laßt uns angenehmere anstimmen
    und freudenvollere!"

    Are not Schiller's, but Beethoven's own. If Beethoven had any other prominent verse of note, I'm not aware of it.

    I rate Beethoven at the absolute summit of Western Art Music... but if you're looking for a composer who mates musical genius with a gift for word-play, you'll have to look elsewhere.
    (Ahem! Wagner...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post
    but if you're looking for a composer who mates musical genius with a gift for word-play, you'll have to look elsewhere.
    Mozart is supposed to have been good at "word-play".
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    Thanks Chi_town/Philly - I appreciate your information and suggestion.

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    I believe he said something among the lines of "I would rather write 1000 notes than a single word"

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