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. Rare. Kinsky pp. 368-69 (stating that the omission of the trombones from the listing of the instruments on the title was an oversight and that the earliest copies carried an incorrect opus number "142," corrected by an overpaste). Weinhold, in Dorfmüller, p. 261 (with varying printed prices, the earliest issues apparently lacking price). Beethoven-Haus (C 124/1 and HCB C MD12).
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. The overture is generally known by the name "The Consecration of the House," the play by Karl Meisl (after August von Kotzebue) for which Beethoven composed the music.
"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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