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Beethoven's 'Grosse Fuge' Manuscript Sells for Nearly $2 Million


A manuscript of composer Ludwig van Beethoven's "Gross Fuge" has sold at a London auction house for $1.9 million.

Sotheby auctioneers say an anonymous buyer purchased the manuscript, which was discovered in a library at the Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

The 80-page document, first performed in 1826, is a piano duet version of Beethoven's string quartet in B flat. It is written in brown and black ink and includes annotations in pencil and red crayon.

The head of Sotheby's manuscript department says the rediscovery of the document will allow a complete reassessment of what he called "extraordinary music."

Beethoven, who continued to work as he slowly went deaf, wrote the work in the years prior to his death in 1827.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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