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Leonid Hambro, 1970: "Happy Birthday Dear Ludwig" - Variations in The Style of Beethoven

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Published on Nov 23, 2010

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In this Columbia Masterworks recording released in 1970, the American concert pianist and composer Leonid Hambro (1920 - 2006) performs his composition, "Happy Birthday Dear Ludwig," a set of piano variations in the style of Beethoven on the tune "Happy Birthday." Woven into the variations are Beethoven's Bagatelle, Op. 119, the Minuet in G, the Pathetique and Moonlight Sonatas, Fur Elise and the theme of the first movement of Symphony No. 5.

I created this music video from the LP, "Happy Birthday Ludwig," serial number MS 7406, shown above. The video opens with images from the LP jacket.

This LP was issued to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Beethoven's birth (1770). It is a compilation of recordings of Beethoven's works, featuring artists such as Hambro, Rudolf Serkin, Glenn Gould, Philippe Entremont, Leonard Bernstein and Eugene Ormandy, issued previously on the Columbia label.

So that there is no question in the mind of the listener, I rely principally on images of the LP and LP jacket in order to document the authenticity of historically important recordings such as these.

All selections on this LP, with one exception (the first track on side 2) are in the public domain.

Also from this LP - Philippe Entremont, Für Elise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIawJF...

Hambro's New York Times obituary is available here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/26/obi...
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