At the beginning of the 19th century, printed chamber music arrangements were the most successful medium for distributing Beethoven's symphonies and incidental music in Europe.
Musikinstrumentenmuseum - Ben-Gurion-Straße
The Overture op. 84 to Goethe's tragedy "Egmont" alone was edited more than forty times as a chamber music version by 1830 and is one of Beethoven's most frequently arranged works ever. The pianist and friend of Beethoven, Ignaz Moscheles, arranged a version of the Overture for fortepiano, flute, violin and cello, which was printed in 1824 by the London publisher Addison & Beale.
Only two years later a transcription of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony (op.36) by the Weimar Kapellmeister Johann Nepomuk Hummel for the same instrumentation was published simultaneously by publishers in Mainz, Antwerp, Brussels, London and Paris.
L. v. Beethoven / Ignaz MoschelesOverture op. 84 to "Egmont" by J. W. v. Goethe (text: 1787, music: 1810) arranged for pianoforte, flute, violin and cello (1824)
Dr. Andrea Klitzing"Beethoven arranged" (short lecture)
L. v. Beethoven / Johann Nepomuk HummerSymphony op. 36 No. 2 in D major (1801/1802) arranged for pianoforte, flute, violin and violoncello (ca. 1826) Second movement: Larghetto Fourth movement: Allegro molto