Urtext edition study score for Ludwig Van Beethoven's Coriolan Overture Op.62.
Beethoven's Coriolan Overture Op.62 was inspired by the tragic legend of the Ancient Roman hero Coriolanus.
This story enjoyed popularity in the early 1800s as the subject of a play by the Austrian writer Heinrich Joseph von Collin. By the time that Beethoven composed this overture in 1807, however, the play had long since been taken off the programme. Apparently it no longer mattered to the composer whether his music was performed in conjunction with the play or not – and he thus wrote one of the earliest and to-date best-loved concert overtures in musical history.
The text of the Beethoven Complete edition was carefully reviewed for this Henle Urtext study edition and there is a new preface.