Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3, op.37
Facsimile Edition of the Autograph Score, Preußische Staatsbibliothek, Berlin (ms. autogr. Beethoven 14)
Commentary by Elisabeth Schmierer and introductory note by Mitsuko Uchida

Beethoven, Concerto for Piano and Orchesra, op.37
the quasi-improvisational introduction of the piano in movt. I

Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 45.
Laaber, 2018. Oblong, 32 x 24 cm, xxiv, 240 pp.

Facsimile, in full-color, of the autograph manuscript preserved in the State Library, Berlin. The piece was composed in 1799-1800 and first performed—Beethoven playing from short score—April 5, 1803. Scholars have pointed out that Mozart's C Minor Concerto K.491, which Beethoven played in public concerts,  bore an influence on Beethoven's Concerto. Hardbound. $519

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Beethoven sketching 1
Beethoven's Concerto in C Minor was dedicated to Prince Louis Ferdinand from Prussia, House of Hohenzollern (1772-1806). What exactly was Beethoven's connection to this man, a nephew of Frederick the Great?  Well, Prince Louis was an authentic military hero, a compulsive spendthrift, but also had a fascinating other side, being a gifted musician, composer, and excellent pianist (he studied under Dussek), with the ability to freely improvise at the piano. Beethoven met him during a visit to Berlin in 1796 and the two became friends and kindred spirits (James Hamilton-Paterson).
Beethoven sketching, 2

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