Nothing left but this infernal buzzing

Nothing left but this infernal buzzing

By this point, Beethoven was almost entirely deaf, and used conversation books as a means of communication. Some of them still survive, though many have been lost or destroyed.

Maelzel and Beethoven did finally make up, each paying half the legal expenses. Though he was at first skeptical of the instrument, calling it "silly stuff", he did eventually see the utility of the metronome, and used its tempos in his later works.

(Incidentally, I'm hardly a Beethoven scholar, so if anyone reading this sees any holes in my historical research, please feel free to contact me with corrections.)