BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van, 1770-1827

Klaviersonate “Appassionata” f-moll op.57
Faksimile nach dem Autograph der Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Mit einer Einleitung von Wolfram Steinbeck

[Sonata, piano, op.57 in F minor]

Beethoven, Piano Sonata op.57 in F minor
  sample page (p,15, movt. I)

Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 21. Laaber, 2011. Oblong, 32 x 24 cm, xxiv, 48 pp. Full-color halftone of the composer’s autograph (1805-1806), a fair copy with numerous corrections. The autograph contains a fascinating note written by Paul Bigot (husband of the pianist Marie Bigot) which sheds light on the provenance of the ms: "During the journey, he [Beethoven] was surprised by a storm and driving rain, which soaked through the case in which he carried the Sonata in F minor which he had just composed. Following his arrival in Vienna he visited us and, laughing, showed the still wet composition to my wife, who took a closer look at it. Moved by the surprising beginning she sat down at the piano and begin to play it. Beethoven had not expected this and was surprised to see how Mad. Bigot did not let herself be stopped for a moment by the many erasures and changes which he had made. It was the original which he was in the process of taking to the publisher so that it could be engraved. When Mad. Bigot had played it and asked him to give it to her, he agreed and faithfully brought it back for her once it had been engraved". The autograph passed from the Bigot family to the Conservatoire de Musique, and then to the BN in Paris. Introduction in Ger-Eng. Hardbound with handsome paper boards. $126


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