29 Nov '16, 8am

Here's that #Beethoven manuscript that's causing such a furore this morning

This is a complete albeit brief work dating from the beginning of Beethoven's "Late" period . It is a second and unrecorded autograph manuscript of Beethoven's farewell present given to one of three Englishmen who visited Beethoven in Vienna in November 1817. This bagatelle for string quartet was completely unknown until another copy, written the previous day for Richard Ford, was discovered at Pencarrow House in Cornwall in 1999 (see Sotheby's sale, London 8 December 1999, lot 189), now in the Bodmer Library in Geneva-Cologny. Ford's attestation on that manuscript is similar to the one found here: "This quartet was composed for me in my presence by Ludwig v Beethoven at Vienna Friday 28th November 1817". Ford's two compatriots on his Beethovenian pilgrimage were John Abbiss and the book dealer David Constable, but there is nothing here to indicate which received this part...

Full article: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/music...

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