Bonn et Cologne: N. Simrock [PN 1959.], . Quarto. Quarte black cloth with titling gilt to spine, textured black paper boards. 1f. (title), 162 pp. Engraved.
With Moscow Soviet era bookseller's handstamps to rear endpapers.
Binding slightly worn; corners bumped; 2" split to lower hinge. Occasional very light foxing and soiling, heavier to preliminary leaves; sewing holes to blank inner margins, not affecting music; title slightly foxed and stained, with remnants of early wrapper to gutter; blank lower outer corner of title slightly lacking; small tear to blank margin of pp. 95-96. Occasional performance markings in pencil and red crayon.
An attractive copy overall, with strong impression on good quality paper.
First German edition and the first authorized edition, including the metronome markings not found in the earliest printed copies. New Kinsky 211. Hoboken 2, 195.
One of the last works of Beethoven's so-called "early period," the Second Symphony was premiered at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on April 5, 1803, conducted by the composer. It was largely composed during Beethoven's stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, when he began to realize that his deafness might be incurable. Item #26610
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