UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, BBC NEWS (UK)
MANCHESTER - A piece of music composed by Ludwig van Beethoven nearly 200 years ago has been unearthed by a University of Manchester scholar.
Professor Barry Cooper, a leading Beethoven expert, spotted the work which the German composer wrote around 1820 alongside some original sketches of the famous Mass expand=1] in D (aka the Missa Solemnis), in a sketchbook now in Berlin, the University of Manchester’s website reports.
Watch footage of Professor Barry Cooper playing the new piece, which he believes to be an organ harmonization of the thousand-year-old Gregorian hymn chant, called "Pange lingua."
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The rare, entirely new composition has been performed today perhaps for the first time by an ensemble of music students at the University of Manchester’s Martin Harris Centre.