Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827)
Sonata in Fa maggiore […] Op. 17.
Mendrisio: Presso C. Pozzi. [ca. 1860].
Sonata / in Fa / maggiore / per / Pianoforte e Violino o Viola o Violoncello o Corno / composta da L. van Beethoven / Op. 17. Parts. Engraved throughout. [PN] 6331. Folio. Parts and score loose, as issued, in self-printed wrapper. 16 pp. (score); 3 pp. (violin); 3 pp. (viola); 3 pp. (violoncello); 3 pp. (horn in F). Ex libris Luisa Sormani Busca Arconati Visconti. Light toning and some ink smudging throughout; wear and foxing to cover; overall in fine condition. 9.75 x 13.5 inches (25 x 34.5 cm). An uncommon edition, with no copies recorded by WorldCat and none at the Beethovenhaus Bonn.
Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17 in 1800 for the virtuoso horn player Giovanni Punto. Beethoven was not well-known outside of Vienna at the time of this composition, and after a performance of the piece in Pest, played by Punto and Beethoven, a Hungarian critic wrote, "Who is this Beethoven? His name is not known to us. Of course, Punto is very well known." In order to broaden the market for the work, written for the extremely demanding natural horn, the piece was published as a sonata for any string instrument or horn.