12 Jan 2012

Beethoven letter complains of money troubles

7:33 am on 12 January 2012

A letter written by composer Ludwig van Beethoven has emerged in Germany after being left in a will.

In the six-page document of Beethoven's scrawled corrections, he complains about his illness and a lack of money, the BBC reports.

Beethoven asks harpist and composer Franz Anton Stockhausen to help find advance buyers for his Missa Solemnis mass.

He also talks about an eye disorder he was suffering at the time.

Experts say the 1823 letter is of historic value.

The letter ended up in the hands of music teacher Renate Wirth, a descendant of the recipient.

The value of the document has been estimated at more than 100,000 euros.