BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Friday, December 26, 1823

Beethoven appears to have no visitors today. However, he does write a letter to Ignaz Moscheles, who will be leaving Vienna next week. Moscheles had returned the parts for the Name Day Overture, op.115, as requested as well as the other two scores Beethoven loaned him [probably Consecration of the House op.124 and King Stephan, op.117]. Beethoven has now gone through the returned parts.

Beethoven says he is happy to be of service to Moscheles whenever he can. But Beethoven has just noticed that the four horn parts are missing from the Name Day Overture that was returned to him after the concerts in November. [The Overture was still unpublished, so this loss would certainly be distressing to Beethoven.] Beethoven also gives his regards to guitarist and composer Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829), whom Moscheles expects to see on his travels.

Brandenburg Letter 1761, Anderson Letter 1245. This letter is held in the British Library, London (Loan 102.1.) In a note included with this letter, Moscheles says that the parts were misplaced due to an oversight by the concert attendant.

The Name Day Overture is here performed by live by the Oakland Civic Orchestra, conducted by Martha Stoddard, June 4, 2017 (complete with the four horn parts):