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Low Cal Beethoven

Posted at 12:34 AM on January 13, 2010 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Ludwig van Beethoven, Musician stories, Programs

It was common practice in Beethoven's day to arrange large scale works for smaller forces. After all, getting to the concert hall wasn't always possible, so this allowed amateur musicians to experience great music right in their homes.

Beethoven's assistant, Ferdinand Ries arranged the "Eroica" Symphony for piano quartet, and you'll hear an exclusive performance by the Mozart Piano Quartet, recorded live last July at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Northern Germany.

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