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Beethoven wrote ten sonatas for violin and piano during a period of only fifteen years (from 1797 to 1812). It is impressive how in this genre he again pursued the principle of finding a new model for each individual work. In the Sonata in A Major op. 47; which is published here separately for the first time; a new dimension is introduced to the genre right by the candenza-like opening; by the unaccompanied violin and by the concertante-virtuoso style throughout. On the original title page Beethoven aptly remarked: “scritta in un stil molto concertante quasi come d'un Concerto” (written in a very concertante style; as if for a concerto). He dedicated the sonata to the Parisian violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer; for which reason it is called the “Kreutzer Sonata”. Our meticulous Urtext edition is based on the fragment of the autograph; the German original edition; the English first edition and on an important manuscript copy from the workshop of copyist W. Schlemmer discovered by G. Henle Publishers. This copy; with corrections by Beethoven; served as the engraver's copy for the original edition. Editor and Beethoven researcher Siehard Brandenburg was also responsible for this work in the Beethoven Complete Edition. His preface; with important details concerning the edition; rounds off our edition of this masterpiece.
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