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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5: Score Quality

By Jesse Bobbitt, Maddie Mascia, and Hannah Reinschmidt

Examples from the Score

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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Score Quality

The score’s age and level of use are clear through the foxing, or wear, on the music and some tape along the spine of the violin 1 and 2 scores, suggesting that it was repaired at one point. The reddish smudging behind notes is most apparent on pages 45, 56, 73, and 77 of the document.The third page of the violin 1 score, page 45 of the document. Evidence of the score’s repair, tape along the spine, can be found on pages 47 (Image 1) and 56 (Image 2) of the document in the violin 1 and violin 2 scores.

There are signatures of Beethoven’s name on the first page of most of the instruments’ scores, but none of them are in his own hand. A comparison of a legitimate signature (Image 3) with this illegitimate signature (Image 4) can be found to the left.