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Fox, you've stolen the goose

as Ludwig van Beethoven could (possibly) have composed it

By Ludwig van Beethoven

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String quartet - intermediate
As Ludwig van Beethoven could (possibly) have composed it. Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and Wolfgang Birtel. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. String. Classical. Score and parts, softcover. 68 pages. Duration 13'. Schott Music #ED 20713. Published by Schott Music (HL.49018019).

Item Number: HL.49018019

9.25x12 inches.

What do Beethoven and the children's song Fuchs Du hast die Gans gestohlen have in common? Nothing, strictly speaking. Although the song was written as early as 1824 (and theoretically, Beethoven could have known it), it has not left deep marks on his oeuvre. But what if he had known it? Wolfgang Birtel pursued this question and, in reply to it, conceived a symphony for string quartet: behind each movement is an original symphony by Beethoven (spiced with quotes from other works). The children's song appears as the main theme in the final movement of Symphony No. 1, in the famous funeral march of Eroica, fate knocks at the door (of the goose house) in remembrance of Symphony No. 5, and the work ends with Ode to the Roast Goose (Symphony No. 9). A funny and cleverly arranged collage, a performing and listening pleasure in the footsteps of Beethoven.

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