Wien: S. A. Steiner und Comp. [PN] S. et C. 2661, [February 1817]. Oblong folio. Contemporary blue wrappers. 1f. (decorative series title engraved by A. Müller), 1f. (title),  (advertisement), 2-19, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Price: word "Preis" followed by blank.
Text of series title in ornamental frame on crosshatched background: "Musée Musical Des Clavicinistes [!Clavécinistes]. Museum für Klaviermeister. [blank]tes Heft. Wien bei S. A. Steiner und Comp."
The advertisement ("Musikalische Anzeige") on p. 1 is for the series "Museum für Klaviermusik" (or "Musée Musical des Clavécinistes), of which the present edition was the first volume.
Upper wrapper lacking. Slightly worn and foxed; occasional staining and minor offsetting. A very good, crisp copy overall. Untrimmed.
First Edition, early issue. Rare. Kinsky p. 280. Dorfmüller p. 225 (Weinhold), 336, and plate 8a. Hoboken 2, 120.
“Op. 101 is among the most difficult of the sonatas, and Beethoven himself once described it as ‘hard to play’… the challenge of this work lies not only in the complex polyphony of the march and finale but in the delicate narrative sequence of the whole. Twice we pass from spheres of dream-like reflection into the vigorous musical landscapes of the march and finale… Few of Beethoven’s pieces exerted such a strong spell on the Romantic composers as this A major Sonata. Mendelssohn imitated it in his op. 6 Sonata; Wagner found in its opening movement the ideal of his ‘infinite melody;’ Schumann was captivated by its march-like second movement. Along with the cello sonatas op. 102 and the song cycle An die ferne Geliebte, the A major Sonata marks a major transition in Beethoven’s style, pointing unmistakably to the unique synthesis achieved in words of his last decade.” Kinderman: Beethoven, p. 197. Item #22987
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