Combining a piano concerto and a cantata in one work is an undertaking that requires true mastery. Ludwig van Beethoven succeeded in this with his Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80, composed in 1808. Since the melody of the Ode to Joy from the finale of his Ninth Symphony can be heard here in ovo, the Choral Fantasia is also referred to as the "Little Ninth." This edition, in the quality one expects of an Urtext, offers the full musical text of the Beethoven Complete Edition. The choral score includes a piano reduction by Jan Philip Schulze.
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