Beethoven was stocky and on the short side, with powerful shoulders as a wrestler. His complexion was brownish. He was hirsute and the hair on his head grew in thick black, and later gray, tufts of somewhat bristly texture. He had broad hands with short, spatulate fingers. His square face was topped by a rounded and high forehead. His jawbone was muscular and his chin quite prominent, with a pronounced cleft. He had bushy eyebrows, narrow eyelids, and small, piercing brown eyes that either rotated agitatedly upward or glazed into thoughtful stasis. His nose was flat and his mouth strong, with a slightly protruding lower lip. Usually his lips were set tightly closed, but when he laughed, perfect white teeth were revealed. The expression of his countenance could radiate, in rapid and unpredictable sequence, geniality, melancholy, or total oblivion of his surroundings.

"[In his room] was placed the mighty bathing apparatus in which the Master was laving his powerful chest... and I had the opportunity of admiring his muscular system and sturdy bodily construction. To judge by the latter the composer might look forward to growing as old as Methuselah, and it must have taken a most powerful inimical influence to bring the strong column to so untimely a fall."

My mother sometimes said she couldn't understand how women could find Beethoven attractive, since he was neither handsome nor elegant; he even looked unkempt and rather wild. My father would always answer: "And yet he's always had good luck with the ladies". It was the noble, elevated air about Beethoven that women sensed, whether in friendly or romantic relationships.

Found on the web. Flex those pex Mr Eroica. Wrestler of yesteryear and awesome composer on the side. Yay!

Last edited on 9/07/2018 8:45 PM by Ironbull

Comments (6)

BamaJDon41 (0 gold) 9/07/2018 11:00 PM

His music does exude power and masculinity. So this side of Beethoven should come as no surprise, although I wasn't aware of it. Fascinating insight into one of the great composers.


hephaestion2014 (60) 9/07/2018 11:36 PM

He was also a man of some means with a lot of renown and movement amongst famous circles which I'm sure might explain some of his attraction as well for us more cynical minded individuals 😉

But fascinating though.

With artists, philosophers, and scientists there's an interest in their lives- who they slept with and romanced but not about their actual physicality. Does the body describe the person inhabiting it? Etc...

I'd rather wrestle Bach ... he'd be a pushover I'd reckon 😉


BamaJDon41 (0 gold) 9/08/2018 12:38 AM

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Bach would attempt to Fugue you into submission :)


GrappleFun (39 gold) 9/08/2018 2:08 AM

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Surely Wagner would be a tougher opponent with his knowledge of The Ring...??!! 😁


Alecmusc (16 platinum) 9/08/2018 2:13 AM

Good surprise, did not know


justsomeguy (1 ) 9/08/2018 5:12 AM

Music and movement. They were meant to be companions. Wrestling is like an intense dance. Beethoven composed intense and beautiful music. I don't know what else to say.