Academic journal article The Beethoven Newsletter

Noteworthy New Acquisitions (1993) at the Beethoven Center

Academic journal article The Beethoven Newsletter

Noteworthy New Acquisitions (1993) at the Beethoven Center

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1. First and early editions (listed chronologically)

(1798) Opus 10, nos. 1-3: Trois Sonates pour le Clavecin ou Piano Forte. Vienna: Eder.

Very rare copy of the first edition of the Fortepiano Sonatas in C Minor (the "Little Pathétique"), F Major, and D Major. (Other copies are located in the Beethoven-Haus, British Museum, and National Library in Vienna.) According to Beethoven scholar William S. Newman, the Eder edition provides the most authoritative text of these sonatas because the autograph no longer exists. (Gift of Ira Brilliant.)

(1801) Opus 19: Concert pour Pianoforte. Vienna: Hoffmeister; Leipzig: Bureau de Musique.

Rare copy of the original orchestral parts from the first edition of the Fortepiano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Opus 19 (includes solo fortepiano and wind parts only; lacks string parts). This work was reprinted only three times in Beethoven's lifetime: in Leipzig in 1806 and ca. 1814 and in Paris (by Pleyel) in 1806. A published orchestral score was not available until 1834. (Gift of Ira Brilliant.)

(ca. 1804) Opus 31, nos. 1-3: Trois Sonates pour le piano-forte. Bonn: Simrock.

First corrected edition of the Fortepiano Sonatas in G Major, D Minor (the "Tempest"), and Å-flat Major. This edition is an important source for tracing the complicated publication history of these sonatas. Sonatas 1 and 2 were originally published in Zurich by Nägeli in 1803. The third sonata was published by Nägeli the next year along with a reprint of the Pathétique Sonata. Because the Nägeli edition was full of errors, Beethoven had a revised corrected version published by his Bonn friend Simrock by the fall of 1803. The Beethoven Center's copy is that of Simrock's "Edition très correcte, " the first edition to include all three sonatas with the musical text as Beethoven intended it to appear. (Gift of Ira Brilliant.)

(1810?) Opus 77'.Fantasia for the pianoforte. London: dementi.

First edition of the Fantasy in B-flat Major, composed in 1809. Beethoven sold this work to both Clementi in London and Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig for simultaneous publication. This English edition is the earliest, as the publication was registered three months before Breitkopf & Härtel issued their edition. However, the Clementi edition was not released for sale until June of 1811. Alan Tyson outlines the textual differences between the two editions in The Authentic English Editions of Beethoven (London: Faber and Faber, 1963), 60-61.

(1810) Opus 75: sechs Gesänge mit Begleitung des Pianoforte. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel.

First edition of the six songs set to texts by Goethe, Gerhard Anton von Halem, and Christian Ludwig Reissig, with the titles "Mignon," "Neue liebe neues Leben," "Aus Goethe's Faust," "Gretels Warnung," "An den fernen Geliebten," and "Der Zufriedene." Another version of "Neue liebe neues Leben" (WoO 127) was composed before 1800, as well as "Aus Goethe's Faust" and "Gretels Warnung." The other songs were all composed in 1809. Beethoven dedicated the six songs to Princess Caroline Kinsky, the wife of Prince Ferdinand.

(1811) Opus 83: Drey Gesänge von Göthe mit Begleitung des Pianoforte. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel.

First edition of three songs set to texts by Goethe, including "Wonne der Wehmut," "Sehnsucht," and "Mit einem gemalten Band." Beethoven composed the first two songs in 1810 for Thérèse Malfatti, the niece of his doctor friend Johann Malfatti. Beethoven proposed to Thérèse that same year but was refused. When the songs were published the following year, he dedicated them to Princess Kinsky (see Opus 75 above).

(1816) Opus 92: Siebente Grosse Sinfonie in A dur. Vienna: Steiner.

First edition of the Symphony no. 7, Opus 92, in a complete set of orchestral parts. The Seventh was the first of Beethoven's symphonies to be published simultaneously in score as well as parts. Complete sets of parts from the first edition are quite rare. …

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