Beethoven Symphony No. 1

Beethoven/Heywood - Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 (Score)

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Transcribed for Concert Organ Solo by Thomas Heywood

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21  (Score - 84 pages)

Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020, and the 200th Anniversary of Beethoven’s death in 2027, Thomas Heywood is becoming the first solo artist in history to transcribe, record and perform the nine Beethoven symphonies.

Heywood’s transcriptions for concert organ solo open new opportunities for the performance, enjoyment and interpretation of these 'cornerstones of Western civilisation'.

Before Heywood’s transcriptions, the solo performance of the complete Beethoven symphonies had only been possible on the piano, including Franz Liszt’s transcriptions for solo piano considered amongst the most technically demanding piano music ever written and, in the words of Vladimir Horowitz: 'the greatest works for the piano'.

Whereas Liszt, in his solo piano transcriptions, noted the names of the orchestral instruments for pianists to ‘imitate’, organists control an instrument that can be used to accurately convey Beethoven’s orchestral intentions and, together with the pipe organ’s greater range of sonority and expressive power, the result is – after Beethoven’s original – the ultimate experience in musical expression.

PDF music score download (84 pages).

This PDF (Portable Document Format) music score download is paginated in multiples of four pages to satisfy our many customers who prefer to print this score in double-sided format and then left-hand bind.  

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Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

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