Working manuscript of one of his final scores worth more than $2 million
Updated: 5:37 p.m. ET Oct. 13, 2005
WYNNEWOOD, Pa. – A working manuscript of one of Beethoven’s final compositions has been rediscovered in a seminary library and could fetch more than $2 million at auction.
The 80-page manuscript of Beethoven’s “Gross Fuge” for piano duet was created when he was deaf and is filled with editing and notations from the composer’s own hand. Never before seen by scholars, it was written a few months before the composer’s death in 1827.
It was found by a librarian clearing out old archives at the Palmer Theological Seminary and displayed briefly at the seminary Thursday in a glass case and under the eyes of several plainclothes guards.
We librarians ROCK. 😉