First Printing of the Complete Score of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

    Ludwig van Beethoven. Ludwig Cinquième Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67 Partition. Leipsic [Leipzig]: Breitkopf & Härtel, [March 1826].

    First printing of the complete score. Octavo. 6.75 x 10.75 inches. 182 pages.

    Original printed wrappers. Edges untrimmed. Front wrapper has been restored with adhesive tape along the bottom and fore-edge. Contents with only trivial toning at the extreme edges of the pages. A fine copy housed in a modern clamshell case constructed of light-brown laid paper over boards and teal cloth backstrip, with titles stamped in gilt on brick-red paper labels mounted to the spine and front board.

    Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor is possibly the most recognized work of classical music ever written. Its dramatic four-note opening is known world-wide and remains rooted in popular culture. The symphony was written over a four year period commencing in 1804 and first performed in Vienna in 1808. Though the first printed edition appeared in 1809, it is believed that this edition is the first printing of the complete score, comprising all four movements. This is a remarkably well-preserved copy of this important and historic work.

    Beethoven Beiträge p. 218. Hirsch IV 308. Kinsky-Halm p. 160.

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