Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)
Vier Arietten und ein Duett (italienisch und deutsch) mit Begleitung des Pianoforte…(Der unterlegte deutsche Text ist von Dr. Chr. Schreiber.) Op.82.
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. . First edition.
Typeset oblong folio, 16 pp. [PN] 1474, printed on pages 3, 5 and 7 only. Kinsky pp.220-22; Hoboken Vol.2, No.360.
An attractive and untrimmed copy bound in simple blue paper wraps with an ink annotation in the lower right corner. Contained in a fine custom marbled box with brown leather corners and spine with gilt-impressed title.
The autograph of the four airs is lost, which lends added importance to this rare first edition. Composed by Beethoven in 1809, the author of the first arietta text (“Dimmi, ben mio”) is unknown and the remaining three ariettas and the duet were written by the renowned Italian librettist Pietro Metastasio. The duet, “Odi l’aura, che dolce sospira,” for Soprano and Tenor, was probably sketched in part while Beethoven was studying with Antonio Salieri, circa 1800. The original Italian lyrics were here translated into German by Dr. Christian Schreiber (1781-1857), a distinguished theologian and an associate of publisher Härtel. “Like Op. 75, the five Italian songs published together as Op. 82 by Breitkopf & Härtel in July 1811 were published by Clementi [in London] singly and without opus number. They were all entered at Stationers Hall on February 1, 1811” (Tyson, 84).