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Beethoven is aristocrat?

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ludwig van Beethoven is a great composer in Germany. I like his music very much. By the way, Beethoven is not aristocrat. However Beethoven and his neighbor misidentified him an aristocrat. Why?

The name of the aristocrat in Germany include 'von' well.
Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke
Manfred von Richthofen
Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin
And, Beethoven's name include 'van'. 'van' is Dutch language that means English 'of' German 'von'. Why does Beethoven's name include Dutch 'van'? Because his grandfather came from Flanders(now Belgium).

Dutch 'van' is not aristocrat but German 'von' is aristocrat. However the German at that time confused Dutch 'van' with German 'von'. As a result, Beethoven and his neighbor misidentified him an aristocrat.

Best Regards,

  1. 2008/01/24(木) 01:01:42|
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