Leipsic: Breitkopf & Härtel [PN 5140], .
Large octavo. Original publisher's yellow wrappers with titling within decorative border. 1f. (title), 164 pp. Title lithographed, music engraved. In a full custom-made modern black linen clamshell box with printed title label to spine.
Previous owner's signature to upper outer corner of wrapper and title.
Wrappers soiled with professional repairs to margins and spine. Minor foxing, heavier to some leaves; slight browning to blank margins; edges slightly dusty. Quite a good copy overall.
First Edition. LvBWV v.1, p. 533. CPM 4 p. 222. Hoboken 2, no. 371. Dorfmüller, p. 222.
Egmont was first performed on June 15, 1810.
"It had been decided to furnish Goethe’s Egmont with incidental music, and Beethoven was invited to supply it; he completed it by June 1810 and it was immediately performed. Apart from the excitement of the plot itself, in which Count Egmont foresees the liberation of the Netherlands from Spanish rule but dies as a result of his own brave stand, it is possible to suggest a deeper reason behind Beethoven’s heartfelt response to it: it may represent his own delayed reaction to the conquest and occupation of his adopted city by the French, and his hopes of being delivered from them." Joseph Kerman, Alan Tyson, and Scott G. Burnham in Grove Music Online.
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