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Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonate für Klavier und Violine (c-Moll) op. 30,2, Klavierpartitur, Autograph

Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Sammlung H. C. Bodmer, HCB Mh 26

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Violin sonatas available

"At present we have three Sonatas for Piano and Violin, which we will send to you should you so wish." Beethoven's brother Kaspar Karl, who managed the composer's affairs for a while, thus offered the three violin sonatas op. 30 to the Leipzig publishers Breitkopf & Härtel in a letter of 22 April 1802. They had even probably been completed by this time. Breitkopf & Härtel did not however show any interest, which is why the sonatas were published by the Viennese Kunst- und Industrie-Comptoir in 1803.
The autograph scores of the three sonatas - they bear the numbers "Sonata Ima" "2da" and "3za" respectively in the title-heading - were kept together up until the auction of Beethoven's effects in November 1827. The Viennese publisher Tobias Haslinger acquired them at the auction. From this point on they went different ways. It is not known what exactly happened to the second sonata, which came into the possession of the Beethoven-Haus with Hans Conrad Bodmer's Collection. (J.R.)

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