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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) may have been a member of the Illuminati, or at least a sympathizer — and we obtained this link not from a conspiracy buff but from a scholarly work on the great composer's life and ideas, by musicologist Maynard Solomon .

Solomon points out that Beethoven's first music teacher, and a major influence on the growing lad, was composer Christian Godob Neefe, who was a leader of the Order of the Illuminati. Beethoven wrote to Neefe on one occasion, "If I ever become a great man, you too will have a share in my success" (pp. 26-27). ••

Beethoven's first major work, the Emperor Joseph Cantata,       * 1790, was commissioned by the Illuminati themselves (p. 48); it celebrates Emperor Joseph von Hapsburg as a bringer of light and foe of superstition. (He closed the Catholic schools in Austria and replaced them with public schools.)

Solomon finds that Illuminati influence on Beethoven continued at least as late as the Choral Fantasy (1808) and that most of his friends were Freemasons and/or Illuminati (pp. 206-7).

These links are especially interesting in that Solomon is only interested in Beethoven's involvement with "Enlightenment" ideas and seems to have no awareness that he has incriminated Ludwig with a secret society that still arouses fear and suspicion in many quarters.


Beethoven, by Maynard Solomon, Schirmer Books, New York, 1977