Ludvig van Beethoven - Fantasy for Piano and Chorus

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Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, op. 80. Daniel Barenboim at piano and conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutschen Staatsopern Chorus. 1995.



Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, op. 80, was composed in 1808

Beethoven conceived the Choral Fantasy as a finale for a concert at the Theater an der Wien on December 22, 1808, which featured the premieres of his Fifth and Sixth symphonies and his Piano Concerto No. 4. He wrote the piece during the second half of December, an unusually short time by his standards. The German lyrics to the choral part of the piece were commissioned from poet Christopher Kuffner, shortly before the performance, to fit the already written parts.

The premiere performance seemed to be somewhat disastrous; according to the composer's secretary, Anton Felix Schindler, it "simply fell apart," a result most likely attributed to inadequate rehearsal time. Because of a mistake in the execution of the piece, it was stopped half way through and restarted. In Ignaz von Seyfried's words:

    When the master brought out his orchestral Fantasia with choruses, he arranged with me at the somewhat hurried rehearsal, with wet voice-parts as usual, that the second variation should be played without repeat. In the evening, however, absorbed in his creation, he forgot all about the instructions which he had given, repeated the first part while the orchestra accompanied the second, which sounded not altogether edifying. A trifle too late, the Concertmaster, Unrath, noticed the mistake, looked in surprise at his lost companions, stopped playing and called out dryly: ‘Again!’ A little displeased, the violinist Anton Wranitzky asked ‘With repeats?’ ‘Yes,’ came the answer, and now the thing went straight as a string

Nevertheless, in marking Beethoven's first complete attempt to marry instrumental with choral music, the Fantasy became an early precursor to his revolutionary Ninth Symphony, which he would complete sixteen years later in 1824.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choral_Fantasy_(Beethoven)
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