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Beethoven’s Life Re-examined in a New Biography

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph, by Jan Swafford. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. 1077 pages. $40.00. It takes something pretty special to elbow into the crowded field of Beethoven biographies without new research and discoveries, or at least a new candidate for the Immortal Beloved. Author Jan Swafford manages just that with …

by Ferdinand Schimon

The New Kinsky-Halm Catalogue

Our friends at the Beethovenhaus have issued through Henle the long-awaited second edition of the classic Thematic Catalogue of Beethoven’s Works by Georg Kinsky and Hans Halm. The new edition, edited by Kurt Dorfmüller, Norbert Gertsch and Julia Ronge, brings much of the research up to date. The new catalogue …

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Christmas Orchestrations

Orchestrations of the Piano Sonatas op. 109 – 111 ( www.gerdprengel.de/orchestrations.html  ) by Gerd Prengel This summer I was hiking through a beautiful countryside in the area of my hometown Darmstadt while listening to Beethoven’s wonderful Andante from the late piano sonata op. 109. As I was listening, I think it …

Welcome to Our New Contributing Authors!

We at The Unheard Beethoven are exceedingly pleased to announce several additions to our little Beethoven family, three celebrated Beethoven scholars who have kindly agreed to be contributing authors. * Professor Barry Cooper, University of Manchester. Barry Cooper studied music at University College, Oxford (MA, 1973; DPhil., 1974), where he …

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BEETHOVEN AND SCHUBERT

by Paul Reid Paul Reid is the author of The Beethoven Song Companion (2007), and former Chairman of the Schubert Institute (UK). He also contributed his realisation of Beethoven’s Der Gute Fürst to this website. BEETHOVEN AND SCHUBERT ©2013, Paul Reid Two of the world’s greatest composers lived in the …

Big News!

A Lost Beethoven Song is Found

We at The Unheard Beethoven are extremely excited to announce our recent discovery of a Beethoven song for male voice and piano, lost since 1822. The song, “Ich wiege dich in meinem Arm” (I cradle you in my arms) Hess 137, was a complete mystery for nearly two centuries. The …

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Google vs. Beethoven

Or, How I Learned to Hate Link Rel=’canonical’ {This may look like inside baseball, whinging, and navel-gazing, but we hope it will help others who have a site that was generated in WordPress and includes pages that are based on WordPress templates but are taken outside a WordPress environment, such …

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Nicanor Zabaleta plays the Variations on a Swiss air, WoO 64

I have admired the Spanish harpist Nicanor Zabaleta ever since I discovered in the old record collection of my father his performances of Handel’s Concerto op.4 nr.6 (with the great Grandjany cadenza in the slow movement) and Debussy’s Danses Sacrées et Profanes (Ferenc Fricsay conducting, DGG LPE 17115). These recordings …

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Author of Canon in C, Hess Anhang 60, Identified

The author of the Canon in C, Hess Anhang 60, who has remained unknown for almost two centuries, has at last been identified as Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1690-1749). Several canons can be found in Beethoven’s manuscripts dating from the time when he studied counterpoint with Albrechtsberger in Vienna in 1793-94. …

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Unheard Beethoven Pieces Performed in Italy

Last February a number of unheard Beethoven pieces were performed by the Orchestra Sinfonica del Lario, conducted by the inspirational Pierangelo Gelmini. It took place on 23 February, 2013, in Como, Italy, at Cantù – Teatro Comunale San Teodoro. Here is the programme Among the highlights: The “Jena” Symphony, attributed …

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Beethoven´s rediscovered hymn ´Pange lingua´

Recently Professor Barry Cooper, of Manchester University, famous for his reconstruction of the 10th Symphony, discovered amongst the sketches of the Missa Solemnis an unknown hymn by Beethoven.  It is an arrangement of the Gregorian Chant ‘Pange lingua’. Professor Cooper was so kind to share this link with us : Pange …

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So, What’s New?

Yes, we’ve been quiet for a very, very long time. In addition, the old website from 1999 was showing its age, and it was time to put a new face on it. With the 2013 relaunch of The Unheard Beethoven, we’re not just upgrading our interface and making the site …