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Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Price of a Beethoven Score: 1.9 Million Dollars

The recently discovered Beethoven score that I posted on in Ludwig van Beethoven's Lost Manuscript has been sold at auction for an astonishing 1.9 million dollars.

An anonymous buyer bought the score that was expected to go for up to 2.6 million dollars.

The "Grosse Fuge" was written by Beethoven in 1826, a year before his death. The manuscript contains numerous corrections and deletions by the composer providing an insight into the manner in which he composed.

The last time the manuscript was seen in public before its July discovery at the Palmer Theological Seminary was at an 1890 Berlin auction.

This falls far short of the record price paid for a Beethoven score. In 2003, a working manuscript for Beethoven Ninth Symphony was purchased for about 3.6 million dollars. A small price to pay for such a monumental work.

[From BBC News]

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