Beethoven, Ludwig van
Grande Sonate for Pianoforte B-flat major op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
Date of publication
01/2019
Edition no.
BA 11810
ISMN
9790006561834
Volume / Series
BÄRENREITER URTEXT
Editor
Del Mar, Jonathan
Language(s) of text
English, German
Product format
Performance score, Urtext edition
Instrumentation
Piano
Binding
Paperback
“Here’s a sonata that will challenge pianists and that one will be able to play in 50 years”: thus Beethoven is said to have written to his publisher Artaria regarding his mighty “Hammerklavier” Sonata op. 106. Given its monumental scale and extreme musical and pianistic demands, the term “Grande Sonate” seems almost an understatement. Dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria, this sonata is famous not least for the seemingly unplayable autograph metronome marks in the opening movement and final fugue – a matter on which the editor offers a new explanation. Nothing is uncomplicated in this pinnacle of the classical-romantic piano sonata, composed in “adverse circumstances” from 1817 to 1819. Even the sources pose supreme editorial challenges.

- Urtext edition with the latest musicological findings
- Detailed Critical Commentary and source descriptions (Eng)
- Informative Introduction and valuable notes on central issues of period performance practice (Ger/Eng)
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