Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 12, No. 1 by Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Ludwig Van Beethoven composed ten violin sonatas between 1797 and 1812. The set was dedicated to Antonio Salieri, who was one of Beethoven’s teachers for many years and also one of the most influential musical figures in Vienna at that time.

Most violin sonatas in eighteenth century were written in the style of the ‘sonata for keyboard with the accompaniment of a violin’. Beethoven’s sonata for violin and piano is an exception showing more interdependence between the piano and violin parts.

Opus 12, No. 1 is in D major. It has a fast first movement with many motifs introduced in first dozen bars and may have taken early audiences by surprise. The second slow movement is a theme and four variations and the finale Rondo generates a captivating vitality.

– Based on notes in the DECCA recording of 1988

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