BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Monday, November 11, 1822

Today’s Wiener Zeitung at p.1039 includes an advertisement for more new Carl Czerny’s works, including yet another rendition of popular airs from Rossini operas. Czerny was of course one of the few composition students of Beethoven.

This time the advertised works are the Fantaisie, op.27 for piano solo, and the Introduction et Variations brillantes op.25 for piano four hands, on the favorite Cavatina, “Ah come nascondere” as sung by M. David in the opera Corradino [Matilde di Shabran] by Rossini. That opera was one of the centerpieces of the spring Rossini opera festival and its popularity is clearly enduring. The advertisement also includes half a dozen older Czerny works, going back to his op.1 set of Variations concertans for piano and violin.

The Fantasy op.27 is performed here by Christoph Hammer on fortepiano: