The Choral Fantasy in C minor, Opus 80 Complete

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Composer:Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827), German
Lyricist:Christian Kuffner (Unknown)
First Line:Schmerichelnd hold und lieblich klingen unsers Lebens Harmonien (Soft and Sweet through ether winging sounds of harmonies if life…)
Instruments:Orchestra, Piano & Chorus
Submitter:Mill, Carl B
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Beethoven's CHORAL FANTASY, for piano, choir, and orchestra in c minor op.
80, marks Beethoven's first successful marriage of choral and instrumental
music, something he would revisit in his Ninth Symphony. The Choral Fantasy,
which includes a piano solo that Beethoven wrote for himself, was first
performed on December 22, 1808, as the finale of a long concert that also featured
the premieres of Beethoven's fifth and sixth symphonies. He wrote the work
just days before the performance; in fact, scholars believe that most of the
piano solo was improvised during the performance.
Tempo and articulation based, as closely as possible, on a 1962 recorded
performance at Manhattan Center, New York City by the New York Philharmonic
Orchestra & Westminster Choir, conducted by Leonard Bernstein with Rudolf Serkin
at the piano. (18.18 minutes)
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