Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)
Grande Sonate pour le Pianoforte [...] Oeuvre XXII
à Berlin: Au Bureau des arts et d'industrie. [ca. 1811].
Grande Sonate pour le Pianoforte, composée et dédiée à Monsieur le Comte de Browne, Brigadier au Service de S. M. J. de toute la Russie, par Louis van Beethoven. Oeuvre XXII. [PN] 93. 21 pp. Oblong format. Engraved throughout. Unbound, with back cover fully detached and pages loose. Title defective at lower edge with loss of imprint and a few notes on verso. Library stamps to the title; some pencil annotations throughout. Foxing, toning, and some heavy edge and corner wear. Overall in very good condition. 13.5 x 9.5 inches (34.5 x 24.3 cm). Kinsky-Halm, p. 56; Beethoven-Haus Bonn Inv.-Nr 12.276.
Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22, was composed in 1800 and first published two years later. Beethoven regarded it as the best of his early sonatas, though some of its companions in the cycle have been at least as popular with the public. Prominent musicologist Donald Francis Tovey has called this work the crowning achievement and culmination of Beethoven's early "grand" piano sonatas.