[Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)] Joachim, Joseph. (1831–1907)
Large Signed Portrait featuring the Beethoven Violin Concerto
Impressive original large engraving depicting Joachim seated in a three quarter length pose. Published by Casper of Berlin, 1899, and bearing an engraved musical quotation of the Beethoven Violin Concerto in the lower border. Signed by Joachim in pencil with his name alone to the lower border. 14.5 x 20 inches, mounted to 20 x 26 inches overall. Fine.
Beethoven composed his Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, in 1806. Its first performance by Franz Clement was unsuccessful and for some decades the work languished in obscurity, until revived in 1844 by the 12-year-old Joseph Joachim with the orchestra of the London Philharmonic Society conducted by Felix Mendelssohn. Throughout his long and storied career, Joachim made Beethoven’s concerto a signature piece, and soon violinists everywhere began to play it. Joachim would also write several concertos of his own and inspire his long-time friend Johannes Brahms to compose one as well. Since then, of course, the Beethoven has become one of the best-known and loved of all violin concertos.