Talk:Giovanni Punto

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Unattributed quote[edit]

In a box at the top of the article, there is a quote: "Who is this Beethoven? His name is not known to us. Of course, Punto is very well known." Pending other opinions, I will remove it. First, it is both anonymous and unsourced. Second, it is not very believable. By 1800, Beethoven was very well-known in Vienna and quite a popular composer and pianist. He had recently published his Pathetique piano sonata, the equivalent of a monster hit among both the musical public and critics. The Allgemeinen Musikalischen Zeitung had been reviewing his works for some time, and their very favorable 1800 review of the concert in question certainly implies no unfamiliarity with "this Beethoven." Opus131 (talk) 20:38, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Added: The quote evidently came from an unknown critic in Hungary after Punto/Beethoven gave a second performance of the Horn Sonata in Pest. It is entirely possible that Punto, a traveling virtuoso, was better-known there than Beethoven. I'll just update the text a bit. Opus131 (talk) 21:48, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

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