Beethoven | Violin Concerto in C major | First movement

Based on a fragment by Ludwig van Beethoven WoO 5 | Completion by Cees Nieuwenhuizen opus 71

There are four known works of Beethoven for the genre violin and orchestra. They were written in the period 1790-1806. These are the Violin Romance in G major Opus 40, the Violin Romance in F major Opus 50, the Violin Concerto in D major Opus 61 (1806) and the earlier Violin Concerto in C major WoO 5 (Hess 10). The latter was left to us as a fragment which Beethoven most probably composed in Bonn, between 1790 and 1792. The fragment contains 259 bars, fully written out and than stops abruptly….as if the score was torn in two. The composition is broken off exactly 15 bars into the development. The motif in the last known bars 258 and 259 initiated the task of joining the development as reliably as possible to the rest of the work.

Beethoven | Maestoso and Fugue in D minor for String Orchestra

Based on Ludwig van Beethoven Hess 40 & Opus 137

Arrangement Cees Nieuwenhuizen opus 66

Beethoven | Prelude and Fugue in C major for String Orchestra

Original version for string quartett by Ludwig van Beethoven Hess 31

Arrangement for string orchestra by Cees Nieuwenhuizen opus 67

Beethoven | Piano Concerto in F major | First movement

Based on the first movement of the 8th symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven opus 93

Arrangement Cees Nieuwenhuizen opus 74

Beethoven | Oboe Concerto in F major | Second movement

Based on sketches by Ludwig van Beethoven Hess 12

Reconstruction Cees Nieuwenhuizen Opus 59

In 2003 Cees completed his reconstruction of the Concerto for Oboe (Hess 12). It was played for the first time by Het Rotterdams Kamerorkest with Alexei Ogrintchouk on Oboe.

Erlkönig | Song for Voice & Piano

Based on sketches by Ludwig van Beethoven WoO 131

Completed by Cees Nieuwenhuizen opus 52

 

Beethoven has set many texts of Goethe to music during his life. In 1792, when he was 22 years old, Beethoven wrote a song based on a poem by Goethe, Erlkönig. It remained unfinished, probably because the composer (22 years old) had to write dances for orchestra that were performed in the Hofburg Redoutensaal in Vienna. In 1822, Beethoven and his brother had plans to issue his early, unpublished works. In these years he edited and completed a number of early sketches. Was it because he died in March 1827 that he would never finish Erlkönig? We will never know. The song remained a sketch.

Many songs by Beethoven are composed in a form that we also find in Erlkönig. For example, the song Adelaide opus 46 is very similar in its form to Erlkönig. It is very likely that Beethoven would have written Erlkönig in the same way as his other songs.
Beethoven interrupts both text and melody frequently. In total we have just enough material to get a reasonable overall picture of the composition. We know that the piece would begin with a great intro that would also be used at the end of the song. In some places we had to fill in the missing Goethe text and the vocal melody, first to create a complete song and second to use the full text. In other places we had to fill in missing piano parts. The entire piano part of the ending is written by the composer.