After the premiere of Sex & the City: The Movie back in 2008, fans were scouring bookstores and the Internet for the book entitled Love Letters from Great Men that was featured in one scene with Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big — only to discover that the book had actually been created for the movie (it has since then been made available to the public). But the one letter that Carrie paid particular attention to was the last of three letters written by Ludwig van Beethoven to a woman only ever known — speculations notwithstanding — as his Immortal Beloved. I’ve never really been one for exaggerated proclamations of eternal, undying love — verbal or written — but I’ve always loved the letters which I first learned about when learning music history, and even this one couldn’t fail to pull at the heartstrings.
Good morning, on 7th July.
While still in bed my thoughts turn towards you my Immortal Beloved, now and then happy, then sad again, waiting whether fate might answer us — I can only live either wholly with you or not at all, yes I have resolved to stray about in the distance, until I can fly into your arms, and send my soul embraced by you into the realm of the Spirits – yes unfortunately it must be — you will compose yourself all the more since you know my faithfulness to you, never can another own my heart, never — never — O God why do I have to separate from someone whom I love so much, and yet my life in V[ienna] as it is now is a miserable life — Your love makes me at once most happy and most unhappy — at my age I would now need some conformity[,] regularity of my life — can this exist in our relationship? — Angel, I have just heard that the mail coach goes every day — and thus I must finish so that you may receive the letter immediately. — be patient — only through quiet contemplation of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together — Be calm; for only by calmly considering our lives can we achieve our purpose of living together. — be calm — love me — today — yesterday –What yearning with tears for you — you — you my life — my everything — farewell — oh continue to love me — never misjudge the most faithful heart of your Beloved