Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827) [Mahr, Joseph. ?–?]

[Septet, Op. 20] Quintuor pour Flute, Violon, deux Violes et Violoncelle arrangé d'après le Septuor, Oeuvre 20... par Joseph Mahr

Vienna: Joseph Czerný. [1829]. First Edition (of this arrangement). Disbound upright folio. 31 pp. Engraved throughout. [PN] J. Cz. 2639. Flauto: Title, 2–13 pp.; Violin: blank, 2–9 pp.; Viola Primo [sic]: blank, 2–9 pp.; Viola Secondo [sic]: blank, 2–9 pp.; Violoncello: blank, 2–9 pp. Part names in English added in ink to title and initial blank pages; markup in pencil including directives in English uniformly added to all parts. 13 x 10 inches (33.3 x 25.4 cm). Outer bifolium of Flauto part detached and torn to spine; minor tear to other leaves of Flauto; damp staining to outer edge of Flauto; all parts somewhat foxed. In envelope from Hawkes & Son, London, with 9-pence stamp showing the profile of King George V (reigned 1910–36). Kinsky p. 51 (Übertragungen, "d").

Beethoven's Septet, Op. 20, originally composed from 1799 to 1800 and scored for violin, viola, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violoncello, and double bass, was immensely popular almost from the beginning. It gave rise to a large number of arrangements for all kinds of instrument combinations. Beethoven himself arranged his Septet as a Trio for clarinet (or violin), violoncello and piano, Op. 38. (22247)


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