Recently discovered Beethoven piece will premiere at Beethoven Festival
What do Lady Gaga and Ludwig van Beethoven have in common? They both have hot new singles that are about to drop. A recently discovered Beethoven composition for male voice and piano will make its world premiere this weekend at the Merit School of Music as part of the annual Beethoven Festival, which takes place September 7-15. Entitled "Liebe" (Hess 137), the song was based on a poem by Friedrich Wilhelm August Schmidt. Beethoven offered it for sale on a price list that dates back to 1822. Willem Holsbergen of the Unheard Beethoven—an organization devoted to bringing the composer's unrecorded pieces to life—was able to complete the arrangement, combining a finished vocal line with a fragmented piano accompaniment. Tenor Dominic Armstrong and pianist (and festival director) George Lepauw will perform the piece on Sunday, September 8 at 3pm in the Merit School of Music’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center. More information and tickets are available at the festival's website.