Elegischer Gesang, Op. 118
Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Elegiac Song in memory of Eleonore Pasqualati, the wife of his longstanding friend and patron Johann Baptist Freiherr von Pasqualati zu Osterberg, who died at a young age. The short choral piece, alternating between quiet pain and drama and with a discreet string accompaniment, was published for the first time in 1826. In addition to the vocal and string parts, there is a piano part which can be used as an alternative to the strings. This piano part is used as the basis of the vocal score. A performance with just choir and piano is possible - although not the original version, but one which was widespread from the beginning.