Beethoven's Emperor Concerto

The term "concerto" has evolved to describe a solo featured instrument accompanied by or in concert with an orchestra. Prior to Beethoven, piano concertos reflected a smooth flowing connected form of music. However, Beethoven created a whole new personality for the piano by introducing complex and emotional musical structures into his compositions - even beyond the accepted bounds of the Viennese Classical style. The introduction of these new composition methods began the modern Romantic style.

The Emperor Concerto is the prototype of the modern romantic concerto. The page shown is a draft of the first movement from Measure III up to and including the second theme.