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Friday, 26 October 2012 - 13:19
Lost' Beethoven hymn unearthed
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A previously unknown Beethoven arrangement for an ancient hymn has been uncovered after 192 years.

University of Manchester's Professor Barry Cooper said The composer wrote a harmony for the Gregorian chant Pange Lingua and modified its tune.

The passage was written in a sketchbook but had previously been regarded as an exercise or a sketch for another piece.

Professor Cooper recognised the hymn's tune and identified the two-minute piece as a previously unknown Beethoven work.

The leading expert on the composer said it was a rare example of the composer writing religious music.

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