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Beethoven in Mechelen

This statue on a quiet square in the the Van Beenhoven street in the historical city of Mechelen shows the roots of Beethoven in Mechelen.  On the left hand side, you can see the older figure which represents Lodewijk Van Beethoven, Ludwig Van Beethoven's grandfather, who was born in Mechelen in 1712. On the right hand side, you can see the younger figure which represents Ludwig Van Beetoven who was inspired by his grandfather.

The text at the bottom of the statue shows the following additional information. The first text is the original text in Dutch, the second one an English translation:

"Lodewijk Van Beethoven
Mechelen 1712-Bonn 1773
Als toegewijde zanger en kapelmeester van de Keulse keurvorst word ik in de Duitse stad Bonn algemeen gewaardeerd en gerespecteerd.
De basis van mijn succesvolle muzikale loopbaan ligt echter in mijn geboortedorp Mechelen. Op zesjarige leeftijd vang ik er mijn zangstudies aan in de koraalschool van de Sint Romboutskathedraal.  Daar groeit de liefde voor muziek die ook mijn talentvolle kleinzoon Ludwig zal bezielen.
Liggen in deze oude Dijlestad de kiemen van mijn meesterlijke composities?"

"Ludwig Van Beethoven
Bonn 1770-Wenen 1827
Grootvader Lodewijk is mijn grote voorbeeld. Van hem heb ik de grezeloze passie voor muziek geerfd. Ik was nog geen drie jaar oud toen hij stierf, maar zijn portret koester ik en neem ik overal met me mee.
Men noemt mij een zwaarmoedig en weerharstig kind. Misschien weegt het gemist van mijn geliefde ope te zwaar op mijn kinderschouders.
Of is het de geestering van de muziek die me voortdurend door mijn hoofd jaard en mij tot scheppen aanzet?"

"Lodewijk Van Beethoven
Mechelen 1712-Bonn 1773
As a dedicated singer and music director of the Elector of Cologne, I'm generally valued and respected in the German city of Bonn .
The basis of my successful musical career, however, is in my home town of Mechelen. At the age six, I start my singing studies at the choire school of the St. Rombouts Cathedral. My love for music continues to grow and will also inspire my talented grandson Ludwig.
Are the seeds of my masterful compositings located in this old Dijlestad? "

"Ludwig Van Beethoven
Bonn 1770-Vienna 1827
Grandfather Lodewijk is my role model. From him I inherited the boundless passion for music. I was not yet three years old when he died, but his portrait I cherish and I take with me everywhere.
They call me a melancholic and difficult child. Perhaps the lack of my beloved grandfather weighs too heavy on my child shoulders.
Or is it the enthusiasm of music that constantly goes through my head and makes me create?"

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Copyright: Johan Offermans &Amp; Karl Overholt
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 15428x7714
Taken: 16/04/2014
Uploaded: 18/04/2014
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: mechelen; belgium; city; statue; beethoven; music; square
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