Wien: S. A. Steiner und Comp. [PN] S. et C. 2581, [July 1816].
Folio. Both parts bound together with original silk ribbon. Piano: 1f. (title),  (blank), 2-21, [i] (blank) pp.; Violin:  (blank), 2-11, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
With the word "Preis" printed, the amount in manuscript, in ink: "1 fl. 16 st." Decorative title engraved by A. Müller incorporating an image of the double-headed eagle of the Austrian empire. Capital letter "L" added in pencil to final page of piano part.
Browning to title and edges; slight offsetting; outer bifolium of piano part partially separated at spine. An untrimmed copy. In very good condition overall.
First Edition, first issue. New Kinsky p. 619. Hirsch IV, 356. Hoboken 2, 411.
“The Violin Sonata, op. 96, the tenth and last of Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and violin, was sketched and composed in 1812, following the Seventh and Eighth Symphonies, to which it contrasts as a delicate pen-and-ink drawing to a set of major frescos… Where the piano and violin duo had been a vehicle for the inauguration of Beethoven’s ‘new path’ in the stormy Kreutzer Sonata of a decade earlier, the G-major Sonata abandons the ‘stilo brillante molto concertante’ of opus 47 in favor of a heartfelt and exquisite communicativeness, thus providing a quietly imaginative coda to the middle period. As one annotator wrote: ‘Instead of urgent dramatic expostulation, here the mood is one of gentle lyricism, with but glimpses of the profound depths of experience and conquest of pain that had made possible the achievement of this serenity.” (Sidney Finkelstein notes to the Szigeti-Arrau recording, Vanguard VRS 1109/12). Solomon: Beethoven, p. 214.
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