Ludwig van Beethoven began a letter in the summer of 1815, after the Congress of Vienna had ended, to his friend Johann Baptist Rupprecht, "a long time ago I jotted down two melodies for your 'Merkenstein'" — a poem by Rupprecht expressing fondness for and longing after the ruins of Merkenstein castle near Baden; "Merkenstein", by the by, means "stone of remembering", literally.
"Both these compositions," the letter continued, "were, however, buried under a pile of papers. The day before yesterday, I found the one which I am enclosing."
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