Leonore No. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven

Leonore No. 1 in C major

Op. 138

About this work...

Beethoven wrote four overtures for his only opera, Fidelio; three "Leonore" overtures, each numbered; and one called Overture to Fidelio. It has been common practice to use the latter as a prelude to the opera in productions of Fidelio. The Leonore No. 1 was withdrawn by the finicky Beethoven and not heard until 1828, ... read more