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Today in WMH: A Sonata (Not Really for Kreutzer)

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5/24 Today in Weird Music History: 1803.  Ludwig van Beethoven premieres his Sonata No. 9 for Violin and Piano with violinist George Bridgetower.  After a post-concert disagreement with the violinist (alcohol and a woman were reportedly involved), Beethoven changed the dedication to the Rodolphe Kreutzer, considered the finest violinist in Paris.  But Kreutzer did not like the piece, declaring it “outrageously unintelligible,” and never performed it.  Today it remains one of Beethoven’s most popular chamber works while Kreutzer’s book of 42 etudes fails to garner the same affection from scores of violinists and violists subjected to its pages. 

Picture of Rodolphe Kreutzer. Source: Wikipedia

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