I can’t remember the last time I featured a Beethoven piece, which probably means it’s been too long. Therefore, this week’s piece is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73. Here’s a bit about it.

  • Though the concerto is nicknamed Emperor, Beethoven himself did not give it this nickname. The English publisher did. I have no idea why.
  • Beethoven wrote it between 1809 and 1811 in Vienna. It was the last piano concerto he wrote.
  • Beethoven dedicated the concerto to Archduke Rudolf, who was his student and patron.


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