Horn Sonata (Beethoven)
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Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17 in 1800 for the virtuoso horn player Giovanni Punto. It was premiered with Punto as the soloist, accompanied on the piano by Beethoven himself in Vienna on April 18, 1800.
Beethoven was not well known outside of Vienna at the time of this composition, and after a performance of the piece in Pest, played by Punto and Beethoven, a Hungarian critic wrote, "Who is this Beethoven? His name is not known to us. Of course, Punto is very well known."
The piece was written originally for natural horn but is most often performed on the modern instrument with valves. However, to broaden the potential market for the work, an arrangement of the sonata for cello was made, probably by Beethoven, for publication. It was then published as "Sonate pour le Forte-Piano avec un Cor ou Violoncelle."
It consists of three movements:
- Allegro moderato
- Poco adagio, quasi andante
- Rondo - Allegro moderato
A standard performance of this three-movement work usually lasts 15 minutes.
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