Carus

CV10.396/03

Beethoven: Elegischer Gesang, Op. 118

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  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Instrumentation: SATB Choir, Orchestra
  • Work Language: German
  • ISMN: 979-000724001-1
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 8

Description

Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Elegiac Song in memory of Eleonore Pasqualati, the wife of his long-standing friend and patron Johann Baptist Freiherr von Pasqualati zu Osterberg, who died young. The short choral piece, alternating between quiet pain and drama and with a discreet string accompaniment, was published for the first time in 1826. in addition to the vocal and string parts, there is a piano part which can be used as an alternative to the strings. This piano part is used as the basis of the Carus vocal score. A performance with just chorus and piano is therefore possible – although not the original version, this was one which was widespread from the beginning.