Consecration of the House, The

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Consecration of the House, The (Die Weihe des Hauses). Title of Ger. play by C. Meisl perf. at the opening of the Josephstadt Th., Vienna, 1822. Beethoven comp. an ov. in C major, Op.124, and an item of incidental mus. Since the play was an adaptation of Kotzebue's play Die Ruinen von Athen for which he had comp. incidental mus. in 1811, Beethoven rearr. his mus. for that for Die Weihe des Hauses, but wrote a new ov.