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[1770 - 1827]

 Rage Over a Lost Penny
[Die Wut über den verlorenen Groschen, Op. 129] 1795

arranged for Classical orchestra (or symphony orchestra) by Mark Starr
from Beethoven's original work, for pianoforte 2-hands

link to biography of Beethoven

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"Rage Over a Lost Penny" (Die Wut über den verlorenen Groschen in German) is the nickname by which Beethoven's Rondo alla ingharese quasi un capriccio in G major, Op. 129 is popularly known.  This sub-title was provided not by Beethoven but rather by his friend Anton Schindler.  What is odd about Schindler's nickname is that the music both begins and ends in a major key (G major.)  The music is very busy, but it does not rage -- at least not like Beethoven's Overture to Coriolanus, for example.  It is, however, an amusing and colorful piece that lends itself well to orchestration.


Despite the late opus number, this piece dates from 1795, when Beethoven was 25 years old.  He left the piece unpublished and incomplete; it was published in 1828 by Anton Diabelli, who concealed the fact that Beethoven had left it unfinished.


The indication alla ingharese is of interest, as no such word as "ingharese" exists in standard Italian. To people of Beethoven's day, "gypsy music" and "Hungarian music" were synonymous terms. Beethoven seems to have conflated alla zingarese (in the gypsy style) and all'ongarese (in the Hungarian style) to come up with a unique term alla ingharese.


Just as Beethoven's original is a virtuoso piece for pianists (the piece is often performed as an encore on piano recitals,) so too this orchestration by Mark Starr is a virtuoso showpiece for chamber orchestra.


2 flutes; 2 oboes; 2 clarinets; 2 bassons

2 horns


The performance time runs between five and six minutes.

The full score for Mark Starr's arrangement of Beethoven's "Rage Over a Lost Penny" (Die Wut über den verlorenen Groschen)  is available online for perusal, audition, purchase, downloading and printing.  Here is a link to the full score


Orchestral parts are available on rental from Noteworthy Musical Editions for public pperformances and/or commercial recordings.

Beethoven's Rage