Violin Sonata No. 8 (Beethoven)

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The Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven, the third of his Opus 30 set, was written between 1801 and 1802, published in May 1803, and dedicated to Tsar Alexander I of Russia.


It has three movements:

  1. Allegro assai
  2. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso - in E-flat major
  3. Allegro vivace

This sonata is characteristic of early/middle Beethoven in its solid sonata structure, just beginning to get adventurous in syncopation, with some extraordinary off beat sforzandi.

The work takes approximately 18 minutes to perform.

Notable recordings[edit]

Famous recordings of the sonata include one by Fritz Kreisler with Sergei Rachmaninoff at the piano.


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