Row over 'Beethoven' Allegretto score
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'Beethoven score': Doubts cast over 1817 piece up for auction

An expert has said a score "by Beethoven", valued at £200,000 by an auction house, was not written by the composer.

Professor Barry Cooper, who has studied the composer's manuscripts, claims there are inconsistencies within the 1817 piece, Allegretto in B minor.

His "hunch" is it was "copied shortly after it was composed".

Auctioneers Sotheby's said copying the piece was "not conceivable", insisting the lot would go on sale on 29 November.

  • 23 Nov 2016
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