Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Christus Am Ölberge/Beethoven Werke

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Christus Am Ölberge/Beethoven Werke

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III. Music Editions

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Christus am Olberge, op. 85. Edited by Anja Mühlenweg. Beethoven Werke, Abt. VIII, Band 1. Munich: G. Henle, 2008. xi, 306 pp. ISMN M-201 8-431 2-4 (cloth): euro208 (ca. $282); ISMN M 2018-431 1-7 (paperback): euro200 (ca. $270).

Though Beethovens sacred oratorio was first performed in April 1803, it was much changed by the time it was published by Breitkopf & Härtel in 1811. The inspiration for its composition was an Akademie concert for which Beethoven wished to supply a relevant work for the passion season. In the years between its first performance and publication, the oratorio underwent significant revisions. Because the manuscript parts for the first performance are lost, the remaining sources reveal only glimpses of the original version. Several sketches can be found in the Wielhorsky Sketchbook in Moscow and the Berlin sketchbooks known as Landsberg 5 and 6 and Autograph 1 9e. The extant autographs are actually copyists' scores with Beethoven's handwritten corrections. The primary sources are a corrected copy of the score in the hand of Wenzel Schlemmer (source A), another partial score in the hands of different copyists (source B), and a manuscript of text by Franz Xaver Huber. …

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