We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Great idea, BD --the piece is definitely not net-browsing length but featured as you've done it, folks warned ahead can save it now for some future peaceful interlude --and realy have an enjoyable experience. Hazelwood himself with his musical scale speech patterns and 'high English' is an aural experience all on his own.
1) the symphony itself is played in its entirety starting somewhere around the 42:00 mark.
2) the timbre --the quality of the notes --on this recording is hugely improved using earphones.
3) Beethoven looks like Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty (incredible illo find, BTW!)
Photography was actually around from as early as 1802. But one of the great problems was to permanently fix the image. They usually faded within a few hours. It wasn't till 1826 that Niepce in France succeeded with his own developing technique, this later improved by Daguerre. Quite independent of him were developments by men such as Fox Talbot. There is good evidence for photographs being taken during Beethoven's lifetime. But I think that if the great man had ever been photographed there would have been some reference to it somewhere.
The picture is a photo capture of a postcard drawn by Julius Schmid Julius Schmid (1854-1935) an Austrian academic artist who worked as a landscape, historical, and genre painter as well as a very successful portraitist.