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Ludwig van Beethoven composed his five large piano concertos over a period of twenty-five years. The Second Concerto in B flat major is presented here in a piano reduction. The edition; of our customary Urtext quality; is arranged for practical use and based on the Beethoven Complete Edition; for which Beethoven's autograph served as the source. He probably wrote down a first version of this concerto as early as 1786-92; thus before the Piano Concerto No. 1; but it was not published until a few months after the first one; in December 1801. Beethoven; who regularly performed the B flat major Concerto on his concert tours; made repeated alterations to the work. These changes have left behind fascinating traces; which the editor – Beethoven scholar Hans-Werner Kuthen – discusses in detail in his preface and in the subsequent section “About this edition.”
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