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Horn Sonata in F major, Op 17


Beethoven’s Sonata, Op 17, was first performed on 18 April 1800 in Vienna, with the virtuoso horn player Giovannni Punto and Beethoven as the pianist. This piece is typical of Beethoven’s sonatas in that it could easily be described as a piano sonata with a horn obligato. Allegedly Beethoven had first arrived in Vienna and was rather bemused to see a billboard for a concert the following day to include a new sonata for horn and piano. As he had no time, he quickly wrote out a horn part for Punto and improvised the piano part himself. At the performance the piece was rapturously received, so much so that the audience demanded a repeat performance!

from notes by Richard Watkins © 2019


Beethoven: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA67981/22CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The romantic horn
Studio Master: SIGCD556Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Movement 2: Poco adagio, quasi andante
Movement 3: Rondo: Allegro moderato

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD556 track 3

Rondo: Allegro moderato
Recording date
24 March 2018
Recording venue
Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Oldham
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. The romantic horn (SIGCD556)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: March 2019
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