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Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Beethoven's borrowed tune

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler (1820) Wikimedia Commons

The young Beethoven borrowed a song that everybody was singing in Vienna, a tune from a popular opera. Beethoven made it very much his own by writing nine playful variations. On today's show, hear an all-star performance of Beethoven's Gassenhauer Trio, from a concert in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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