The Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, the second of his opus 30 set, was composed between 1801 and 1802, published in May 1803, and dedicated to Czar Alexander I of Russia. It has four movements:
- Allegro con brio
- Adagio cantabile
- Scherzo: Allegro
- Finale: Allegro; Presto
Characteristic of Beethoven, the development section contains a theme not found in the exposition (this happens in earlier compositions such as the fourth violin sonata also)
The second movement was originally sketched out in G major before taking its current form .
The autograph to the sonata turned up in a collection built up by H. C. Bodmer in Zurich, discovered in the mid-20th century .
The work takes approximately 26 minutes to perform.
- ^ Churgin, Bathia (Summer, 1998). "Beethoven and the New Development-Theme in Sonata-Form Movements". The Journal of Musicology (St Joseph, Michigan: Imperial Printing Company) 16 (3): 327–9. doi:10.1525/jm.1998.16.3.03a00030. http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0277-9269%28199822%2916%3A3%3C323%3ABATNDI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-A. Retrieved 2007-12-25. As the author notes, the practice of including new material in the central section of a ternary-form (sonata) movement is not a Beethoven innovation- there are examples in and preceding Mozart's music.
- ^ Sundram, Jason. "Notes on Violin Sonata no. 7, opus 30 no. 2, 1802". http://jsundram.freeshell.org/ProgramNotes/Beethoven_Sonata.html. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
- ^ Aber, Adolf (May 1956). "Beethoven's Autographs". Musical Times (The Musical Times, Vol. 97, No. 1359) 97 (1359): 249–251. doi:10.2307/936460. http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0027-4666%28195605%2997%3A1359%3C249%3ABA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-U. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
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