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Beethoven - Violin sonata N.9 A-Dur - "Kreutzer"

Beethoven - Violin sonata N.9. You can download the PDF sheet music Beethoven - Violin sonata N.9 on this page. Violin Sonata No.9 in A major • la majeur • A-Dur, op.47 'Kreutzer'

Adagio sostenuto - Presto - Adagio
Andante con variazioni
Finale: Presto

The progress between the rather small-scale sonatas of opus 12 and the great
'Kreutzer' sonata of 1802 is remarkable even by Beethoven's stardards. Five years at most lie between them. Whereas for all their individual felicities the early set hardly convince the listener of the appropriateness of the combination of violin and piano, by the time he came to write the 'Kreutzer' Beethoven had enlarged the medium to concerto proportions - indeed, in his sketch for the title-page he alters the description of the style of the work from 'brilliante' to 'molto concertante quasi come d'un Concerto'.

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Instrument part: 13 pages. 1919 K


Piano part: 43 pages. 5235 K


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It is not surprising that the 'Kreutzer' should share with the 'Spring' the doubtful distinction of being the only ones of the ten to have nicknames, though as usual it is difficult to say whether the popularity led to the name, or vice versa. Rodolphe Kreutzer, the French violinist to whom opus 47 is dedicated, had first met Beethoven in 1798. But for a quarrel the work might well have been known to us as the 'Bridgetower', after the mulatto violinist who gave the first performance with the composer in May 1803 and to whom Beethoven had intended dedicating it.
Be that as it may, the 'Kreutzer' is arguably the first great sonata for violin and piano. From the violin's unaccompanied entry at the beginning of the slow introduction on through the main Presto and the sublime theme and variations to the dashing tarantella finale, we have before us a work of dazzling virtuosity and sure intellectual mastery.
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