(Now that I am on Page 2 for the second time, I can do this).
An excerpt from Reminiscences Of An 82 Year Old Cub Reporter With The Scandalous Tabloid, "The Musician's Daily":
"The year was 1800 (or maybe it was 1801 - I have a hard time remembering that far back). It was a brisk morning on April 12. Herr von Beethoven was returning from the market where he had bought some of his favorite onions from the widow, Frau Schmidt. He was obviously consumed by his own thoughts when he happened across a funeral procession. The deceased was not a noteworthy person, but he was wealthy. The casket was borne was a very handsome carriage and there were a couple of dozen mourners. There was also a little band playing dour music for the procession. A fairly young man did a respectable job with his "squeeze box". But there were two old coots playing their "horns" along with him. Their decrepit instruments could probably only be played by them. The instruments were likely victims of the Napoleonic Wars, both suffering a direct hit from a cannon ball. Both men were possibly on the brink of stone deafness."
"Anyway, Herr von Beethoven stopped in his tracks and listened intently to this small band. He scribbled a few notes on a piece of parchment that he pulled from his waistcoat. I figured that something profound might come of this. And, as they say, "The rest was musical history". "
So, by the power of modern technology, I am able to recreate the music of that 3-man band. I don't think that it will take you too long to determine the inspiration that Ludwig gained from this experience.
THIS LINK IS WORKING AS OF 1/05 @ 6pm (I am now using Box.net)
(This isn't funny. I would like to know why some links work and others don't. I'll keep trying to get it to work.) It's working @ 5:24pm on Dec. 21.