Beethoven on critics

From Alex Ross’s recent discussion of the cult of Beethoven in The New Yorker:

The coda of [the often-dismissed] “Wellington’s Victory,” with its breakneck double fugue, anticipates the contrapuntal jubilation near the end of the Ninth. Beethoven himself took some pride in the work, annotating a critic’s negative commentary with the words “What I shit is better than anything you have ever thought.”

Ross’s article is available online here.

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