Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)
Siebente Grosse Sinfonie in A dur von Ludwig von Beethoven. 92tes Werk. Vollstandige Partitur. [Full Score]
Vienna: S. A. Steiner. . First Edition, First Issue.
First edition of the Seventh Symphony, preceding the parts issue. 224 pages, 4to (c.24.5 x 20 cms), engraved title and dedication leaf to Moritz von Fries, lithographed music, plate no.2560, unpriced on title. The prodigy organist William Crotch's signed copy dated August 1827. Later three-quarters morocco gilt, untrimmed. 10 1/4 x 8 inches (26.2 x 21 cm); with engraved title, dedication and pages 2-224 of lithographed music (p. 1 blank). Old dampstain to gutter causing short split to lower gutter margin and affecting first leaves, small paper replacement to lower right corner of title, p. 39, and final leaf, early London bookseller's stamp to title, spotted throughout, the binding rubbed along joints and extremities. [Hoboken 396; Fuld, p.561; Kinsky, p.259; Hirsch IV.346]
This is the first appearance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony in A major, written between 1811-12, which features an allegretto that was encored on opening night and was performed separately from the symphony on many occasions. Many were enamored of the symphony and Wagner described it as the "Apotheosis of the Dance." This copy with the interesting provenance of William Crotch, who at the time he dated the title page was Principal of the Royal Academy of Music. The modern endpaper of this copy is also signed by the organist A.H. Mann of Kingsfield, Cambridge. Rare. James Fuld's own copy, now at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, containing "at least 25 [errors] on the first page alone", is possibly a proof copy.