Hello and welcome to the Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by the amazing Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate and Decorate! If you are coming over from Home Is Where The Boat Is or if you just happened to stop by today, I am so happy to have you here!
Today I am sharing my “Music of the Night” themed Halloween Tea Party in the music room. The famous composer Ludwig Van Beethoven is hosting the party! Since no Halloween party is complete without a game or two, how about a game of Clue? For our version of the game we won’t be asking, “Who did it?” but rather, “Who was it?”
Here in the center of the music room Beethoven is having a Halloween tea party with his immortal beloved. But just who was Beethoven’s mysterious immortal beloved? As you read through the post, look for a clue or two that might be a hint as to whether or not Beethoven’s mysterious love is at the tea party (in spirit of course!) Click the file below to listen and play along!
Perhaps it was one of his many opera singer students…
Or maybe one of the many lovely young ladies who gathered around the piano to listen to him play.
The little raven seems to know all, but if you ask him for a clue he will only squawk “Nevermore!”
Like the modern rock stars of our time, Beethoven was no stranger to the affections of adoring women who swooned over his exciting new music. He was known to have had many romances, but only one immortal beloved.
Whichever love it may be, Beethoven has set the tone for mystery and romance at his moody “Music of the Night” Halloween tea party.
Although Beethoven was German, he spent a great portion of his life in Paris. Evidence of French style can be found in the Halloween party decor around the room.
A collection of mismatched black and white vintage dishes and tarnished silverplate utensils adorn the table.
A vintage silverplate tray is styled with various vintage junkin’ finds and a small bouquet of “dead” roses.
The genius Beethoven was known to reside among disheveled stacks and piles of his own sheet music, compositions and scores. Well played pieces of sheet music have been used as place mats for the tea party.
Beethoven often held concerts at the most beautiful castles, courts, and cathedrals. Perhaps this mug is from a collection of souvenir mugs from each haunt. (*Mug and saucer pattern~Fransican Ironstone Rustic England)
Last year Beethoven dressed as a pirate for Halloween. This year he has opted for a more fitting character, The Phantom of The Opera. Like the Phantom, Beethoven had an immortal love for a music student or performer, but the love was unrequited.
Do you think any of the nameless faces in the antique photographs could bear a likeness to Beethoven’s mysterious true love? Of course photographs were not invented until a year after Beethoven’s death in 1826, but there were many paintings in his time…
Beethoven has left a few small Halloween gifts “For Elise.” Perhaps the gifts will give us more clues as to which lovely lady at the tea party is actually his immortal beloved, (*Some historians believed she may possibly have been named “Therese” or Elise.)
His gifts include Halloween candy (what a charmer!)
A small gold filigree piano trinket box and a beautiful black and white toile du jouy egg trinket holder filled with vintage treasures would delight any lover!
A beautiful orange cameo brooch for Halloween, and the finest violin rosin a composer could afford…aha! A possible clue!
Could this beautiful masked tea party guest be the mysterious Elise?
She is most hauntingly beautiful!
July 5, 1812:
“My angel, my all, my very self…
Love demands all, and rightly so… No doubt we shall meet soon; and today also time fails me to tell you of the thoughts which during these last few days I have been revolving about my life — If our hearts were always closely united, I would certainly entertain no such thoughts. My heart overflows with a longing to tell you so many things — Oh — there are moments when I find that speech is quite inadequate — Be cheerful — and be for ever my faithful, my only sweetheart, my all, as I am yours. The gods must send us everything else, whatever must and shall be our fate — your faithful Ludwig”
The two could have made beautiful music together!
Whoever the mysterious Elise was, it is no question that Beethoven’s true passion was his own music.
It looks like Beethoven has forgotten all about the Halloween tea party and is concentrating on his latest composition. (*Beethoven often would forget to eat, being fully absorbed in composing for hours on end.)
*Copy of a portion of the authentic Fur Elise composition by Ludwig Van Beethoven (April 27th, 1810)
With Beethoven’s attention turned to the music in his mind, it seems that it is time for this little Halloween tea party to come to an end. We will leave Beethoven alone with his immortal ghosts in the music of the night.
(Keep those fingers curved and wrists up!)
I hope you have enjoyed the Halloween Tea Party and that you have learned something new about Beethoven! As a music teacher I always like to incorporate a little music lesson in my blog posts when I can. If you are interested in learning more about this mysterious romance, you can read more here. I also highly recommend the movie Immortal Beloved(affiliate link). It is truly inspiring!
Beethoven also joined me for Tea this past spring. For more fun music history facts and vintage tea party ideas, check out A Classical Tea For Beethoven and Me.
You can also party with us over at the Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Link Party now through Halloween! Bloggers may link up all of their beautiful Halloween posts, and blog readers are welcome to join us for all the fun inspiration!
Now it’s time for more beautiful Halloween inspiration from the Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop! Next up is Knock It Off Kim. I am sure you are going to love her Halloween tablescape! You can find the rest of the tour schedule below. I know you will enjoy them all.
Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you will come back tomorrow for the Bountiful Baskets Blog Hop. It’s going to be full of even more beautiful fall inspiration!
Have a very Happy Halloween everyone!
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