Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)

Grand Quatuor de Violon, composé et arrangé pour le Piano Forte à quatre mains [String Quartet, Op. 59, No. 1]

Bonn and Cologne: N. Simrock. [1824]. First Edition of this arrangement. Beethoven's string quartet Op. 59, no. 1, the first of his "Razumovsky" quartets, arranged for piano four hands. Oblong folio. Lithographed. [Pn] 2119. 39 pp. Closely trimmed, lower right edges with significant handling wear and small losses from turning, else fine.  Arrangement by C.D. Stegman (Kinsky, 142).

The op. 59 quartets were commissioned by the Russian ambassador to Vienna, Count Andreas Razumovsky, and are the first of what are now generally known as the "Middle Period" string quartets. In honor of the Russian dedicatee, Beethoven uses a "Thème russe" as the principal theme of the last movement of op. 59 no. 1. The quartets were first published in Vienna in 1808. (13726)

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