Mayence: B. Schott Fils [PN] 2262, . Folio. Newly bound in quarter dark blue calf with spine titled and ruled in gilt, matching paper boards. 1f. (lithographic title), 60 pp. Engraved.
Some minor staining and foxing; light pencilled numbering. A very good copy overall.
First Edition, variant issue, without "Pr" (price) to title and without subscription notice. Kinsky-Halm p. 368. Weinhold/Dorfmüller p. 231. Hoboken 2, 498 and 499 (recording two issues, the earlier with "Pr" to title but with no actual price and including the subscription notice, the later with a printed price of "2f30xr," without subscription notice).
The present work was commissioned for the opening of the Josephstadt Theatre in Vienna by the playwright and impresario Karl Friedrich Hensler (1761-1825). The first performance took place on October 3, 1822, with Beethoven leading the orchestra from the piano.
"That Beethoven should have conceived music so solemn and so little popular for the opening ceremony of a theatre is yet another proof of how deeply ingrained in him were the principles of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. The very use of the word 'Weihe' - consecration - suggests that for him the theatre was not so much a place of entertainment as an institution for the moral education of the public. We do not meet this attitude again until Wagner's Bühnenweihfestpiel, Parsifal." Cooper: Beethoven The Last Decade 1817-1827, p. 348. Item #22416
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