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January 7, 2016IM -
Appraiser Brendan Ryan had no idea that when he visited one Greenwich home he would make the discovery of a lifetime. When he saw the manuscript annotated in German he instantly recognized the writing. A musician, Ryan had been obsessed with Ludwig van Beethoven.
He called his old musical mentor Carmelo Comberiati, a professor at Manhattanville College who had studied Beethoven manuscripts as a Fulbright scholar in Vienna who was able to determine the work, written in 1810, to which the sheet music in question was connected. The page 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 went from being a curio in a Greenwich home to selling for $100,000 at auction.