Sonata per uno mulaticco lunattico
March 27, 2009 6:44 AM Subscribe
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Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A, Op. 47 (audio
) was originally dedicated
to the black violin virtuoso George Bridgetower
after he gave such a brilliant rendering of the piece that prompted Beethoven to jump from his seat and embrace him. Bridgetower was a musical child prodigy and composer who, despite rampant racial prejudice, reached "unusual heights in the music world of his day". Having lived and performed in major European cities such as London, Paris, and Vienna, he would later die forgotten and in poverty.
A personal disagreement with Bridgetower led Beethoven to dedicate the sonata to the famous violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer instead who, incidentally, never played it in public deeming it “outrageously unintelligible”.
For the object fetishists: a tuning fork
given by Beethoven to Bridgetower is on show at the British Library.