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December 4   -   Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Beethoven boffins lash out over failed manuscript sale

It has been alleged that one of the academics who cast doubt on a Beethoven manuscript that failed to sell at Sothebys had previously tried to buy it himself on the cheap. In a separate development, the world’s leading authority on Beethoven graphology – Professor Otto Biba, Director of the Archive, Library & Collections of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde – has declared the Allegretto manuscript to be authentic and is seeking to buy it for Vienna. Full story here.


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