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Ludwig Van Beethoven Fantasia Biamonti 213: The Forgotten Fragment

The composition has a structure divided into three parts, in the classic sequence Allegro- Andante-Allegro, of which only the first two movements survived. The closing Allegro -clearly proves to be unfinished and formed by large discontinuos sections that unfortunately present difficulties against a satisfactory completion of the piece. For this reason, the closing Allegro, has not been included in the present recording. On the contrary, the first two movements prove to be complete and admirably joined; they also show the artist at an advanced stage of tihs artistic process. This hypothesis is supported by the presence of numerous amendments and corrections, a costant trait of Beehovenian creative process and also consistent with the style of other manuscripts.

Since it is impossible to ascertain a date of composition for this work, we can only place it within the same chronological limits as the manuscripts in Kafka Sketchbook, in other words within a spam that goes from the last years in Bonn to the beginning of the new century.

In fact, the free and rhapsodic progression definitely foresees some innovative structures consistent with Beethoven's gradual intolerance towards the traditional patterns of the Sonata form.

In April of 2014, Massimo Anfossi has received an invitation from the prestigious Beethoven House in Bonn to perform the world premiere of the Fantasy Biamonti 213 on the Conrad Graf fortepiano of 1824 belonging to the great German composer.


Massimo Anfossi at Beethoven's Haus in Bonn

playning Beethven's piano Conrad Graf
at Beethoven Haus in Bonn

25 avril 2014