Original Introduction to Choral Fantasia, Hess 16 (mp3)

Original Introduction to Choral Fantasia, Hess 16 (mp3)
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Performer: Mark S. Zimmer
Length: 2:22
Original Introduction to Choral Fantasia, op. 80
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Author: Mark S. Zimmer
Length: 2:20
Original Introduction to the Choral Fantasia, Hess 16. The Fantasia for Chorus, Piano and Orchestra, op. 80, was written in 1808 in preparation for a gigantic concert of Beethoven's works. As it exists today, the piano begins the piece alone, plays a cadenza and then the orchestra and chorus join in the finale. However, as originally conceived the orchestra began the piece together with the piano, and also provided emphasis during the succeeding virtuoso episodes for the piano. However, Beethoven apparently was not able to complete the orchestral parts in time for the concert, so the piano began the piece alone; Beethoven published the work in that form. Provided here is the beginning of the original version, up until the point the Finale begins.

Opus: 80
Hess: 16

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