ON THIS DAY | Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' Sonata Premiered in 1803

Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, commonly known as the Kreutzer Sonata, was premiered on this day in 1803

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Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata Premiere

The first performance was given by Afro-Polish virtuoso George Bridgetower - with Beethoven at the piano.

It's believed the two later had a falling out, prompting Beethoven to rededicate the sonata to French virtuoso Rodolphe Kreutzer – despite him having never performed the work.

 

BEETHOVEN | SONATA NO. 9 'THE KREUTZER' FOR VIOLIN & PIANO | ANNE SOPHIE MUTTER & LAMBERT ORKIS