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Volume 11 • Number 2

Fall 2004



The Autograph of Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio, Op.97

by Seow-Chin Ong

Thus wrote Beethoven to his friend, benefactor, and pupil, Archduke Rudolf sometime after 12 March 1811.1 Preoccupied with the Princess's visit and a sore finger, His Royal Highness was, in all likelihood, temporarily unable to have his music lessons with Beethoven. Ironically, this minor accident gave the composer time to complete the masterpiece that now immortalizes the Archduke's name more than any other composition dedicated to him.

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