Early Beethoven Sonatas
Cynthia Freivogel, violin; Tanya Tomkins, cello and Eric Zivian, fortepiano, will be featured in an all early Beethoven recital. The music in this program was dedicated to Count Lichnowsky and Rodolphe Kreutzer.
The Trio Op. 1, No.1 - the first of Beethoven's piano trios to be published and performed - was dedicated to one of his most supportive patrons, Prince Lichnowsky, effectively launching his career as a composer in 1795.
Beethoven relied on the subscription model for this work in which subscribers would receive advance copies of the scores for a higher price, and this proved to be a success both artistically as well as financially.
The ninth of Beethoven's ten sonatas for violin and piano, The Kreutzer, is the grandest and most impressive of them all. It is by far the most difficult and puts both musicians on an equal footing throughout. It originally written for George Polgreen Bridgetower in 1803, and the performance was well received. Later Beethoven and Bridgetower had a quarrel over a woman, and so when the sonata was published, Beethoven changed the dedication to the violinist and composer Rodolphe Kreutzer.
In collaboration with the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.
Submitted by the
St. Marks Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, 94109, US, United States