4 Part Fugue in C, Hess 238 nr.3 (mp3)
No.3 from Nottebohm's chapter VI, p.103. It is based on theme nr.16 from Albrechtsberger's list and dates from about 1794-95. Not just greater involvement, but also an increased confidence by Beethoven. It's as if from now on he starts to think for himself. Perhaps that the increased use of chromatism (transitory modulations) makes him see the point of counterpoint ? Here recorded for trumpet, english horn, french horn & trombone.