Beethoven concerto for guitar discovered….
In Jan. 2007, the score for a guitar concerto bearing
the name of Beethoven was discovered in a private library in Vienna.
Musicologists who have seen the score and attached scribblings
claim it authentic. An assumption has been made that with his
growing deafness and eccentricity Beethoven considered the work
trivial and never forwarded it to the guitarist for whom it was
Beethoven and Fernando Sor (1778-1839) were almost
exact contemporaries. Sor was often referred to as the ‘Beethoven
of the guitar’
After the Spanish repelled the armies of Napoleon,
Sor fled to Paris. Apparently it was from here that he visited
Beethoven in Vienna, not only to pay his profound respects but
also to suggest composition for the guitar.
In honour of Sor’s adopted home the concerto will
receive its premier performance in Paris on June 24, 2007