Joachim, Joseph. (1831–1907) & Davies, Fanny. (1861–1934)

"Kreutzer Sonata" - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed

Autograph musical quotation signed from the important Hungarian violinist and composer, who has penned his name above the first two measures of Beethoven's Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 "Kreutzer," adding "Sheffield / Feb'y 23d / 1899" beneath.  Fanny Davies, the British pianist with whom Joachim regularly performed, has also signed and dated.  Scattered light foxing, else in fine condition.  6 x 7.75 inches (15.2 x 19.7 cm.).

Joachim and Davies often played chamber music together in various ensembles.  Close friends and associates of Brahms, together they gave the first London performances of such pieces as the Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114 and the D minor Violin Sonata, Op. 108.

The Violin Sonata No. 9, commonly known as the Kreutzer Sonata, was published as Beethoven's Opus 47. It is known for its demanding violin part, unusual length (a typical performance lasts slightly less than 40 minutes), and emotional scope — while the first movement is predominantly furious, the second is meditative and the third joyous and exuberant. It was originally dedicated to the violinist George Bridgetower (1778–1860), who performed it with Beethoven at the premiere on 24 May 1803 at the Augarten Theatre. But following a dispute after the concert, Beethoven removed the dedication and changed it instead to the great virtuoso Rodolphe Kreutzer. (19742)

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