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Ludwig van Beethoven   opus 129

Rondo "The Rage over the lost penny"

Rondo in G major. 1795. Time: 6'00.

Alla ingharese quasi un Capriccio. Rondo A Capriccio for Piano in G major: "Die Wut über den verloren Groschen" (Rage over a Lost Penny).

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The Rondo alla ingharese quasi un capriccio in G major, Op. 129, is a piano rondo by Ludwig van Beethoven.[1] It is better known by the sub-title "Rage Over a Lost Penny" (from German: Die Wut über den verlorenen Groschen). This sub-title was provided not by Beethoven but by his friend Anton Schindler.[2]

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 He left the piece unpublished and incomplete; it was published in 1828 by Anton Diabelli[1], who concealed the fact that Beethoven had left it unfinished.[3]

It is a favourite with audiences and is frequently performed as an encore.[citation needed]

The performance time runs between five and six minutes; the tempo of the piece is Allegro vivace (quarter note = 132–160).

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.[4]


  • Barry Cooper, gen. ed., The Beethoven Compendium, Ann Arbor, MI: Borders Press, 1991, p. 247. ISBN 0-681-07558-9.
  1. ^ a b Ronge, Julia. "Rondo a capriccio für Klavier (G-Dur), Op. 129". Beethoven-Haus, Bonn. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
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  4. ^ Peter van der Merwe, Roots of the classical: the popular origins of western music

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