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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Ludwig van Beethoven's Lost Manuscript

From wikipedia:

"On October 13, 2005 it was reported that an authentic 179 year-old Beethoven
manuscript titled "Grosse Fuge" (a piano four-hands version of the Op. 133
string quartet finale) was found by a Pennsylvania librarian at the Palmer
Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in July 2005. It had been
missing for 115 years. The manuscript is to be auctioned by Sotheby's Auction
House on December 1, 2005: estimated value is one and one half to two million
dollars. The manuscript was listed in an 1890 catalogue and sold at an auction
in Berlin to a Cincinnati, Ohio industrialist. His daughter gave it and other
manuscripts including Mozart's Fantasia to a church in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania in 1952. It is not known how the Beethoven manuscript came to be in
the possession of the library."

I think that is pretty exciting!!!


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