Beethoven: Rondo in Bb major WoO 6
Original Finale of the Piano Concerto No. 2 - Urtext based on the new Complete Edition

Locked away in Beethoven’s desk

Mozart no doubt proved a powerful source of inspiration in the genre of the piano concerto when Ludwig van Beethoven was composing his first work in this genre (B-flat major op. 19) in Bonn. In 1793 the young composer first wrote a final rondo with an inserted Andante, as Mozart had done in his Concerto K. 482. Beethoven then selected a different closing solution and kept the score of the B-flat major Rondo in his desk. There the work was rediscovered only after the composer’s death, and printed shortly afterward. The autograph thus represents Beethoven’s earliest surviving and complete orchestral score. The new Urtext edition of the score and orchestral parts is based on the new Beethoven Complete Edition (Henle).