The woman who built Beethoven's pianos

UNITED STATES • The Morgan Library & Museum owns part of an original sketch of Beethoven's Hammerklavier Piano Sonata. In the margin, British publisher Vincent Novello writes that the document was given to him by "Mrs Streiker" - "one of Beethoven's oldest and most sincere friends".

Nannette Streicher's margin-alised place in history is encapsulated in these scribbled lines.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2020, with the headline 'The woman who built Beethoven's pianos'. Print Edition | Subscribe