Duet for Two Obbligato Eyeglasses, Minuet (1797), WoO 32
Author: Armando Orlandi
This duet for viola and cello from 1796-1797 is believed to have been written for Beethoven's longtime frind, Baron Nikolaus Zmeskall. The Baron was an accomplished cellist, and Beethoven had played the viola back in Bonn. Both men wore spectacles at times, which is believed to be the genesis of the curious name. We present here the Minuet from this fragmentary piece.