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Christus am Olberge Op.85 (KA)

COMPOSER: Ludwig van Beethoven
PUBLISHER: Breitkopf und Härtel
PRODUCT TYPE: Piano Reduction
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Mixed Choir
In the case of the oratorio Christus am Ölberge , Breitkopf & Härtel can finally make amends to Beethoven for a slight committed more than 200 years ago. As in-house composer of the Theater an der Wien, Beethoven was given the chance to perform an oratorio there in the Passion Week of 1803. In no
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Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Publisher Breitkopf und Härtel
Instrumentation SATTBB
Product Type Piano Reduction
Instrument Group Mixed Choir
Genre Classical
ISMN 9790004183540
Series Breitkopf Urtext Edition
No. Pages 96
No. BRKEB10582
Definitive Duration 00:50:00
Description
In the case of the oratorio Christus am Ölberge , Breitkopf & Härtel can finally make amends to Beethoven for a slight committed more than 200 years ago. As in-house composer of the Theater an der Wien, Beethoven was given the chance to perform an oratorio there in the Passion Week of 1803. In no time at all, he had produced the sketch for his first and sole work in this genre. Christus am Ölberge was premiered on 5 April 1803 in an academy concert at which Beethoven’s Symphony no. 2 and his Piano Concerto no. 3 were also heard for the first time. The original edition of the full score was not published until October 1811. Breitkopf & Härtel, which published the first edition, disapproved of the opera-like libretto by Franz Xaver Huber so strongly that it had the texts revised after the first performance without Beethovens authorization. Beethoven bridled at this high-handed intervention and demanded that the changes be annulled. In vain: the printed version was sent out into the world without change and the work was disseminated with this textual form to this day. Anja Mühlenwegs new Urtext edition corrects this affront and finally puts forth the Urtext. "Der Klavierauszug ist in seiner etwas vereinfachten Form gut spielbar und ermöglicht durch die zahlreichen Instrumentenangaben stets ein genaues Klangbild." (Ulrich Barthel, Neue Chorzeit) "Insgesamt eine praktikable Ausgabe des Beethovenschen Passionsoratoriums, an dem eine faszinierende Aufführung sicher nicht scheitern wird." (Württembergische Blätter für Kirchenmusik)
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