Catalog No. 713
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Tonkunst, dich preis’ ich vor allen,
höchstes Los ist dir gefallen.
Aus der Schwesterkünste drei
du die frei’ste, einzig frei.”
(Music, I value you above all others,
yours be the highest praise.
Of the three sisters of the arts
you are the freest, the sole without limits.)
Text is the first stanza of a poem entitled Tonkunst (Music) written in 1826 by Franz Grillparzer.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was born in Bonn, Germany, but spent most of his life in Vienna, Austria. Although troubled by loss of hearing at an early age, his dynamic and individualistic style produced some of the most powerful compositions of the Classical period and firmly established Beethoven as the greatest composer of his time.
Third in a series of five composer steins, with Nos. 711, 712, 714 and 715.