1) good examples:
· Warren Beatty told him it was an hommage to the very gangster movies the studio had produced in the Depression era
· As an hommage to the screwball comedies of yesteryear it fails, with obvious one-liners and mistimed pratfalls, but as kitsch farce it succeeds
· the whole episode is rather an hommage to the narrative style of Pulp Fiction
· Hautnah is an hommage to the body, both forgotten and celebrated, repeated obsessively and iconically as a two-dimensional picture in a dematerialized, transformed message of itself in our information age.
· Lambarena - Bach to Africa: An Hommage To Albert Schweitzer
Presented by The Village Cultural Arts Center
· the book's clearly an hommage to Robert Lowell's Imitations, a similarly eclectic collection of great poems
· Bourdieu, who was to have delivered the closing address at this conference, died last January. He regarded ethnographic social science as “a public service,” not just an academic pastime, and in many ways the conference is an hommage to his works and testimony to his influence.
· Biber's Sonatae violino solo of 1681 is held to be an hommage to Schmelzer's Sonatae unarum fidium, written 17 years earlier
Hmm. This is actually a trickier question than might first appear. First, for me, 'homage' in English is predominantly a noncount noun, so 'an homage' is somewhat unusual. Normally the corresponding count noun would be something like 'a tribute' or 'an act of homage.'
However, when the direct cognate *is* used as a count noun, it's often spelled (and, roughly, pronounced) in English as in French (and sometimes, but usually not, italicized): 'an hommage to.' It's a bit surprising not to find this usage in any dictionary, but I would imagine that other English speakers could attest to it.
In trying to isolate when 'hommage' is permissible (apart from just saying that it tends to be in highbrow artistic contexts, especially film), I came to the tentative conclusion that the entire work (rather than just a part thereof) must embody an imitative tribute (by a disciple or admirer, not the person commemorated) in a celebratory spirit.
Without more background, I can't say whether that applies to the Beethoven example in question. But in any case, the safe, easy answer would certainly be 'is a tribute to' or 'pays homage to.'
In any case, I agree with the implicit suggestion that it would be nice if LEO could take this kind of usage into account. Perhaps one day when New Entry reopens.