Beethoven had some advice for his friends Steiner and Haslinger who owned a music store. They had just renovated their sheet music storefront and Beethoven sent them this note:
Good luck in your newly painted place of business. Now be sure that your nest becomes a beer place because beer drinkers are good musicians and one should see them at your place.
Yours most devoted Beethoven.
I'll have the new Scarlatti fortepiano sonata, the newest edition Handel "Messiah" manuscript and a frosty one, thank you....