Violin Sonata No. 5 (Beethoven)

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Beethoven in 1801

The Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, is a four movement work for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. It was first published in 1801. The work is commonly known as the Spring Sonata (Frühlingssonate), although the name "Spring" was apparently given to it after Beethoven's death.[1] The sonata was dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries, a patron to whom Beethoven also dedicated two other works of the same year—the String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 and the Violin Sonata No. 4—as well as his later Symphony No. 7 in A major.[2]

The autograph manuscript of the sonata is preserved in the Austrian National Library.


Beethoven initially intended to pair this work with his Violin Sonata No. 4, Opus 23, and the two sonatas complement each other in both key and character.[3] However, the two were not published together and thus have different opus numbers. The reason for the separation is unknown.[4]


The work is in four movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio molto espressivo
  3. Scherzo: Allegro molto
  4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

The entire sonata takes approximately 22 minutes to perform.

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  1. ^ "Beethoven's 'Spring' Sonata, King Stephan and more". ABC Classic. 2020-08-30. Retrieved 2021-08-28.
  2. ^ "Beethoven's music with Opus number". Ludwig van Beethoven's website. Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  3. ^ Szigeti, Joseph (1965). The Ten Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin. Urbana, Ill. : American String Teachers Association, ©1965. p. 14. OCLC 399883. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  4. ^ Nettle, Paul (May 20, 2007). Beethoven Encyclopedia. Philosophical Library. pp. 295–296. ISBN 978-0806529974.


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