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Has Beethoven hit a false note?

Sotheby's is auctioning what they claim to be an original Beethoven manuscript of Allegretto in B Minor.

But Beethoven expert Barry Cooper, of Manchester University, claims that the manuscript being sold is not an original, but a copyist’s transcription.

Simon Maguire, head of Musical Manuscripts at Sotheby's, strongly disputes Cooper's claim. We brought them together in an effort to resolve the dispute.

(Image: Sotheby's Beethoven manuscript. Credit: Sotheby's)

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