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Choral Fantasia in C minor Op. 80


By Ludwig van Beethoven

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Piano, mixed choir, orchestra (solo: pno - choir: SATB - - - timp - str)
Urtext. Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Edited by Clive Brown. Solo concerto. Partitur-Bibliothek (Score Library). Ludwig van Beethoven composed the Choral Fantasy op. 80 for the gigantic concert event that took place at the Theater an der Wien on 22 December 1808. Classical. Study score. Breitkopf and Haertel #PB 5258-07. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.PB-5258-07).

Item Number: BR.PB-5258-07

ISBN 979-0-004-21086-4. 6.5 x 9 in inches.

The history of the origins and sources of Beethovens Choral Phantasy is complex and poses considerable difficulties to todays researchers. A definitive final version is not extant. Instead, there are contemporary printed editions which diverge from each other in many details. The English musicologist Clive Brown thus also based part of his text-critical work on his comprehensive knowledge of the performance and notation practice of Beethovens time.

Fur Orchester, die gelegentlich mit einem Chor zusammenarbeiten, auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen. Ein gerade in seiner Einmaligkeit interessantes Stuck - und auch nicht besonders schwer. Verwiesen sei noch auf das vorzugliche Vorwort des Herausgebers. (Plischke, Das Liebhaberorchester)

All conducting scores and orchestral parts as well as piano-vocal scores and choral parts are thus obtainable exclusively from Breitkopf & Hartel. The study scores (,,Studien-Editionen) remain within the G. Henle Verlag and can be ordered there.

Beethoven wrote the Elegischer Gesang op. 118 in August/September 1814 in memory of Eleonore von Pasqualati who had passed away prematurely three years earlier. She was the wife of Baron Johann von Pasqualati in whose house in Vienna Beethoven lived from 1804 to 1815 with several interruptions.

The present Urtext edition follows the musical text of the new Beethoven Complete Edition (G. Henle Verlag). The primary source of the edition is a copy examined by Beethoven which was presumably made in 1814 shortly after the work was written.

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