one of (if not THE) ballsiest moments in music history : the adagio from beethoven's choral fantasy

the opening adagio (3.5 minutes) from the choral fantasy is a piano cadenza. beethoven was the pianist at the premiere…but hadn’t written a cadenza. he improvised it at the concert. this was eventually written down as is now the well-known opening. what a badass. check the score out if you want to follow along

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