| Happy birthday Ludwig !
Beethoven was baptized on the 17th december,
1770, and is probably born the the 16th of
Some years ago, I ran across a piano piece
from an old student of mine entitled, "Happy
Birthday, Ludwig". The name of the composer
is Leonid Hambro and he composed (or more
accurately, arranged) the "Happy Birthday"
song in the style of Beethoven. There are
sixvariations of this song arranged in the
styles of the following works:
No. 1, Op. 119
Elise - WoO 59
in G - WoO 10 number 2
Sonata - Opus 13 - 1st Mvt
Sonata - Opus 27 - 1st Mvt
Symphony - Opus 67 - 1st Mvt
Humbro basically borrowed motives and themes
from these works to arrange the HB song. They're
actually quite clever and amusing. I played
and recorded them to a midi file (actually
6 separate files).