Dunno how I missed this thread!!!!! Not that I have anything much to add at the moment, just poking my nose in for a gander. Mon, the Walker bios (there're three of them, right?) are worth the investment then?? I thought I'd echo how old Franz seemed to be a very generous man. in addition to the support of young composers, he also almost single-handedly arranged the funds for Beethoven's grave. Arranged benefit concerts and such, since no one else was doing anything about it some decades after Ludwig's passing.