Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)

Sonate per il Piano-forte ed un Violino obligato, scritta in uno stile molto concertante, quasi come d’un concerto ... dedicata al suo amico R. Kreuzer. Opera 47.

Bonn: Simrock. [1805]. First edition. Oblong 4to. 35 p. Engraved. [PN] 422. Werkverz. (2014) Bd. 1, p. 260; Kat. Hoboken 2 Nr. 228; Weinhold (in Dorfmüller, „Beiträge“) p. 254f and plate 3a. Lower corner of title repaired with paper, closely trimmed to the top plate mark, overall a very clean copy. Sold together with a facsimile of the first edition violin part (12 p).

RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE PIANO SCORE OF THE SO-CALLED "KREUTZER SONATA", a slightly later issue with the small correction to the title of "uno stile" (instead of 'un stilo) and the addition of "per" before the composer's name.

The Violin Sonata No. 9, commonly known as the Kreutzer Sonata, was published as Beethoven's Opus 47. It is known for its demanding violin part, unusual length (a typical performance lasts slightly less than 40 minutes), and emotional scope — while the first movement is predominantly furious, the second is meditative and the third joyous and exuberant. It was originally dedicated to the violinist George Bridgetower (1778–1860), who performed it with Beethoven at the premiere on 24 May 1803 at the Augarten Theatre. But following a dispute after the concert, Beethoven removed the dedication and changed it instead to the great virtuoso Rodolphe Kreutzer. (11805)

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