Beethoven, Ludwig van
Sonatas for Pianoforte and Violin
Volume II
- First edition with complete Critical Commentary and description of sources
- With information on the genesis, Beethoven’s notation, metronome markings, and with the ground-breaking Performing Practice Commentary (online resource)
- With two solo violin parts (Urtext and historically annotated)
Edition no.
BA09015
ISMN
9790006532971
Volume / Series
BÄRENREITER URTEXT
Editor
Brown, Clive
Instrumentation of the work
Piano, Violin
Language(s) of text
English, German
Product format
Performance score, Part, Urtext edition, Anthology
Instrumentation
Piano, Violin
Binding
Paperback
Pages / Format
LXXVII, 210 / 64, 64 S. - 31,0 x 24,3 cm
Beethoven’s ten sonatas for violin and piano are among the most famous works of chamber music history and represent, together with Mozart’s works for this combination, the core of violin repertoire from the Viennese Classicist period.

Clive Brown’s ground-breaking new edition combines a scholarly Urtext approach with the provision of a wealth of information on historical performing practice, all conveniently united in one practical edition. It is the first scholarly-critical edition to include a complete Critical Commentary and a description of all relevant sources.

This second volume (BA 9015) contains five sonatas: the Sonatas in A major, C minor, and G major opp. 30, nos. 1–3, the Sonata in A major op. 47 (“Kreutzer”), and the Sonata in G major op. 24 (“Spring”). Additionally, it offers a detailed introduction by Clive Brown, the chapter “Reading between the lines of Beethoven’s notation” (German/English), as well as information on historical metronome markings and the Critical Commentary (English).

This edition consists of a score and two individual parts for the violin: an Urtext part based on the scholarly-critical assessment of all sources, and an annotated part with fingering and bowing by Clive Brown based on the thorough study of historical techniques and practices.

The pivotal Performing Practice Commentary by Clive Brown and Neal Peres Da Costa is available online, supplementing information on performing practice for each Sonata and each movement in this volume. It discusses conventions of both violin and piano playing in Beethoven’s period, describes historical contexts and advises on phrasing and technique based on the evaluation of historical editions (s.a. von Czerny, Ferdinand David, Alard, Diémer, Grützmacher, Reinecke, Brodsky, Joachim, Rosé, Halir, Kreisler etc.).

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Press reviews
„ein epochaler Violinsonaten-Urtext zum 250. Geburtstag Beethovens und ein Quantensprung seit Rostals Buch von 1985.”
(Walter Amadeus Ammann, ESTA-Nachrichten März 2021)

„Die neue Urtext-Ausgabe von Beethovens Violinsonaten ermöglicht einen vom Ballast der Jahrhunderte freien Zugang, ganz nah am ursprünglichen Notentext. … Die Ausgabe macht musikwissenschaftliche Forschung transparent und nachvollziehbar, für die musikalische Praxis im Konzert und für den Unterricht nutzbar und gibt Musikern das Handwerkszeug für einen direkten und frischen Zugang. Ein Leuchtturm-Projekt des Beethovens-Jahres 2020!“
(Franzpeter Messmer, Das Orchester 2/2021)
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