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Lost Beethoven piece reconstructed

world Updated: Sep 29, 2011 00:33 IST

A composition by Beethoven that was discarded and unheard for over 200 years has been reconstructed, a British university professor said on Wednesday.

The piece - the original slow movement of Beethoven's String Quartet in G Opus 18 Number 2 - was composed in 1799, but was discarded a year later.

Scholars have studied incomplete sketches of the original piece of music for years but for a long time no one realised the sketches form a complete movement, Barry Cooper, a music professor at the University of Manchester, said. Cooper said he has tried to make the movement playable by filling in missing instruments and adding harmony in places.

"The prospect of hearing a Beethoven work that has been absent for over 200 years should be of much interest to anyone who loves his music... " Cooper said.