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Romance No. 1 (Beethoven)

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The Romance for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40, was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, one of two such compositions, the other being Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50. It was written about 1801, after the second Romance, and was published 1803, two years before the publication of the second. Thus, this romance was designated as Beethoven's first.[1]

The Romance, Op. 40, is scored for violin solo and an orchestra of strings, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and flute. The duration is about 8 minutes.[1]

 {\set Staff.midiInstrument = #"violin" \key g \major \tempo "Andante" \tempo 4 = 60 \partial 2
<b g'>4 (<c' fis'>4) <b g'>4. (<d' a'>8) \stemUp <g' b'>4  << { \voiceOne d''8. (c''16) b'4 (a'8)  }
  \new Voice { \voiceTwo e'4 d'4. } >> \oneVoice r8

<dis' b'>4 (<a' b'>4) <g' b'>4. (<e' e''>8) \stemDown <a' d''>4 (<a' cis''>4) \stemUp  << { \voiceOne d''4 (d''16 cis''16 c''16 a'16) g'4 }
  \new Voice { \voiceTwo d'4. } >>  \oneVoice r4


The unaccompanied opening bars for the solo violin


  1. ^ a b "Romance No. 1 in G major, Op. 40 (Ludwig van Beethoven)". LA Phil. Retrieved 2023-03-14.