Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)

Grande Sonate Pathetique Pour le Clavecin ou Piano-forte...Oeuvre 13.

Paris: Chez Mlles. Erard. [1801]. First French Edition. Upright folio Disbound. 1f. (title), 1-17 pp. Price: "6." Engraved throughout. [PN] 22.  Ticket of the La Haye publisher F.T. Weigano overlayed on title printed Erard publisher identification. With the publisher's handwritten authentication signature "[C.?] Erard" in ink l.r.. Left edge a little rough, many pages with early paper fill repairs along the inner margin, two pages with tears in margins to just outside the plate, else a very clean and crisp copy.  Kinsky p. 30. 

Issued by the firm of Erard, from whose instrument manufacturing wing the composer would order a piano in 1803, the present publication was advertised in the Journal de Paris, January 31, 1801.

The Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and was published in 1799. Dedicated to his friend Prince Karl von Lichnowsky, it has remained one of his most celebrated compositions.  Although commonly thought to be one of the few works to be named by the composer himself, it was actually titled Grande sonate pathétique (to Beethoven's liking) by the publisher, who was impressed by the sonata's tragic sonorities.


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