Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, composer ever to have lived. Many are familiar with his Moonlight Sonata, his Fifth Symphony and other remown masterpieces.
But did you know that there are many works of Beethoven that have not been published or recorded.
Attached is a unpublished and unrecorded Beethoven song based on Goethe's poem Erlkoenig, in an unpublished orchestration by Bela Bartok in 1904! Thanks to Mark Zimmer of http://www.unheardbeethoven.org/ who discovered and sent this gem.
Below are the Overture and MIDI files of this Unheard Beethoven song.
GPO Instrumentation in staff order: Flute (2 parts), Oboe (2 parts), Clarinet (2 parts), Bassoon(2 parts), French Horn (4 parts), Trumpet, Violins 1, Violas, Celli, Double Basses, Timpani, Solo Voice (English Horn), Pizzicato, Violin 2.
The files are very basic and need refinement. Feel free to expand the orchestration, separate out the divisi lines, layer solo strings on section strings, use the mod wheel to impart expression, and use legato mode and do whatever you think is necessary to make this work shine..
Your mission, should you choose to accept, involves the revival and mock-up of this unheard Beethoven treasure and save the musical world.
As always, should you or any of your GPO team fail to mock this up, the spirit of Beethoven will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds.
Good luck ,