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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Sketch for the second movement of the Symphony no. 7, op. 92
Autograph manuscript, 1812
James Fuld Collection

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This sketch comes from the lower part of a leaf from the Petter Sketchbook, named after Gustav A. Petter (1828–1868), one of its former owners. It contains musical ideas for the second movement of the Seventh Symphony—the opening chord and the reiterated bass figure. Undoubtedly the popularity of this movement made it desirable to admirers and collectors and led to the dismemberment of the sketchbook and dispersal of several of its leaves.

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