FIDELIO (1814). ER STERBE Beethoven, Ludwig van

Unsigned copyists’ working manuscript of passage from Act 2 of Fidelio near end of opera for solo vocal quartet (STBarB, orchestra accompaniment), extensively revised by the composer. Consists of a portion of the coda to No. 14, Er sterbe! Contains the composer’s re-working of this passage of the text of Leonore (1805 and 1806) for the final version Fidelio (1814), beginning with Leonore’s words “Die Liebe wird im Bunde.” Notated in brown ink on sixteen staves, with Beethoven’s autograph revisions in ink and pencil.


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