Beethoven, informed by his family that his mother was seriously ill, immediately left Vienna and hurried back to Bonn. Although he travelled at great speed he arrived home but shortly before his mother's death. Her passing touched him deeply.
LETTER OF BEETHOVEN TO THE COUNCILLOR VON SCHADEN IN AUGSBURG (Autumn, 1787) The oldest Beethoven letter preserved. Most important is the part concerning his mother's death and the decisive consequences resulting therefrom. (Beethovenhaus, Bonn)