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Beethoven Composition Discovered in Greenwich


Brendan Ryan had no idea that when he visited a Greenwich home as an appraiser that he would make the discovery of a lifetime. The musician, who was long obsessed with Beethoven, recognized the German writing on the manuscript.

He called his musical mentor Carmelo Comberiati, a professor at Manhattanville College who had studied Beethoven manuscripts in Vienna. Comberiati determined that the work, written in 1810, came from a sketchbook the composer used for brainstorming. After Beethoven’s death it was broken up and sold in portions to admirers. The yellowed sheet music protected under glass sold for $100,000 at auction.