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#beethovenfest: Composer describes Vienna after shelling

When Napoleon's army shelled Vienna in May of 1809, Beethoven sought shelter underground in the cellar of his brother's house. Once the bombardment had ceased, the occupiers imposed a "residence tax" on the Viennese. The composer described "a cit...

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When Napoleon’s army shelled Vienna in May of 1809, Beethoven sought shelter underground in the cellar of his brother’s house. Once the bombardment had ceased, the occupiers imposed a “residence tax” on the Viennese. The composer described “a city filled with nothing but drums, cannon, marching men and misery of all sorts.”
Check out this spot every day in February to get event information and fun facts as part of BeethovenFest. For more details, visit www.winterartsfest.org and follow the hashtag #beethovenfest.

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