BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Friday, May 23, 1823

The popularity of Rossini in Vienna continues unabated. Today in the Wiener Zeitung at 472, Sauer & Leidesdorf advertises a collection of the Complete Operas of Rossini, arranged for piano solo by Maximilian J. Leidesdorf (1787-1840), being sold on a subscription basis. If one subscribes to six volumes, the seventh volume is free. Considering other publishers such as Artaria claim to have exclusive rights to arranging some of Rossini’s operas for piano, this offering may be in for a rough ride.