Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata

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Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata

Dynamic duo Roberto Cani and Inna Faliks perform Beethoven's Sonata No. 9 in A, known as the "Kreutzer". Originally, the piece was written for Beethoven's friend and colleague, mulatto violinist and composer George Bridgetower. The score contained this waggish inscription (translated from German): "Mulatto sonata composed for the mulatto Bridgetower, the craziest mulatto composer". As the story goes, Beethoven and Bridgetower had a falling out (allegedly over disparaging remarks made by Bridgetower about a woman friend of Beethoven's) and Beethoven ultimately withdrew the inscription. He dedicated the final version of the piece to violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer. Said Beethoven of Kreutzer, "I prefer his modesty and natural behavior to all the exterior without any interior, which is characteristic of most virtuosos."

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 9 in A, the "Kreutzer"

Roberto Cani, Violin
Inna Faliks, Piano

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