[Op. 43]. Gli Uomini di Prometeo Ballo per il Clavicembalo o Piano-Forte Composto, e dedicato á Sua Altezza la Signora Principessa Lichnowsky nata Contessa Thunn... Opera 24 [!43]. [Piano reduction]. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN.

[Op. 43]. Gli Uomini di Prometeo Ballo per il Clavicembalo o Piano-Forte Composto, e dedicato á Sua Altezza la Signora Principessa Lichnowsky nata Contessa Thunn... Opera 24 [!43]. [Piano reduction]

Vienna: Artaria e Comp. [PN] 872, [1801]. Oblong folio. Early blue wrappers. 1f. (title), ii (blank), 2-56 pp. Engraved. Printed price: "3 fr. 30," corrected in ink in "4 fr/20." Early owner's signature to upper wrapper in ink: "Wilhelmine Maurer."

Two leaves trimmed at lower margin with very slight loss to printed area.

A very good copy overall.

First Edition. The full score was not published until 1864. Kinsky p. 102-04. Hoboken 2, 215 and plate 8.

First performed in Vienna at the Burgtheater on March 28, 1801 to a libretto by the noted Italian choreographer and dancer Salvatore Viganò (1769-1821).

"The second half of 1800 was outwardly uneventful; it doubtless saw the final revision of the op.18 string quartets, and the writing of the B♭ Piano Sonata (op. 22) and of the A minor and F major violin sonatas (opp. 23, 24). There was
less inducement to prepare new works for a possible concert in the following spring, since he had received an important commission for the court stage: he was to write the music for a ballet designed by the celebrated ballet-master Salvatore Viganò, Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (op.43). This was given its first performance at the Burgtheater on 28 March 1801 and was successful enough to be repeated more than 20 times. Only a sketch of the scenario survives. In the finale Beethoven used a melody that evidently came to assume a certain emotional importance for him, perhaps even embodying something of his spirit of determination and heroism in battling against difficulties, for he used it again as the theme for two important and challenging sets of variations completed in 1802 and 1803: the op. 35 piano variations and the variation-finale of the ‘Eroica’ Symphony." Douglas Johnson, Scott G. Burnham, William Drabkin, Joseph Kerman and Alan Tyson in Grove Music Online. Item #22960

Price: $3,600.00  other currencies

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