I’m going to answer the question before anyone ask. The love letter “The Immortal Beloved” was found among his papers after his death in 1827.
And why was he speaking of wasting time? Seems as if he was telling her to make up her mind. I am sure most people can relate to having talked to someone who you felt was wasting your time.
It may had been a hard decision for the mystery lady because deafness isn’t an acceptable condition today so one can imagine what it must had been like to live with over 200 years. Some believe whomever the recipient was in the “Immortal Beloved,” was falling prey to social pressure as he was previewed as a defect, (never mind he was highly talent) and what her life would be shall she married him. Personally I say, had she really loved him. She wouldn’t have cared what other people had to say about him but then again, I’m speaking from a 21st century point of view and who knows what would have happened had she dismissed the rebuttal and married him anyway.
Those that have studied Beethoven’s letters, buzzing noises and other sounds started at around 1796 at age 26. The deafness began in 1798 and Beethoven had lost 60% of his hearing by 1801 at age 31. At 46 in 1816 he was completely deaf.
The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67, was written between 1804–1808. Some believe he wrote it to be played so loud because he was aware that several in the debut attending audience had made some not so kind remarks about his deafness, so something at this volume would not bother him but would definitely bother someone will full hearing. Today it is not performed at full volume. Come to think of it, that was a good plot to get back at those making snarky remarks.
I can write on this subject because one of my dearest and best friends is deaf, I know if people are still mean about this disability in 2017 I can’t imagine what they must had been like in 1798. But most don’t know that deaf people are extremely intelligent. They are the world’s most avid readers. If people took the time to find out what they know, they would surprised, it’s astonishing. Like Beethoven, they can drive circles around most of us in their vast knowledge. My friend, the woman has a brain that Einstein would envy and the heart and soul of an angel but most people don’t know that because they haven’t bothered to talk to her.
For the past seven years of knowing her I have watched how she bravely let cruel words and actions roll off her back like a duck let water rolls off. One day I asked her doesn’t those words bother her and she said, “No, they don’t. It’s the snarker who is the idiotic moron, not me so why could I let someone who is not worthy of my thoughts, someone who belongs in a circus as a clown bother me? I pity them because they are too stupid to know they are stupid.”
She isn’t defenseless by no means. One day I witnessed her reduced a snarker to tears telling them how stupid and infantile their behavior was how they needed to grow up. So yes, I can see her doing something like Beethoven’s 5th to blast heckers out the waters. LOL!