I recently bought a boxed set of Beethoven CDs. I had most of the works already but it was still a cost effective way to fill some gaps.

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One surprising item in it was a string quintet version of the Kreutzer violin sonata. I love the violin sonata so this was very interesting and I liked it immediately.

However, information on it seems to be sparse. It appears that the arrangement is not by Beethoven.

What is known about this piece?

  • This is off-topic and should be moved to music fans.
    – guidot
    Apr 13, 2017 at 10:10
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    Apr 13, 2017 at 10:16

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This document has some information about it


Edit added by cellocgw

Qoting from p.42 of said document, (apologies for the pasteup but the jackass who published this copy-locked it) enter image description here


Probably off-topic here, nevertheless:

According to this German sheet music publisher the transcription was made by an anonymous contemporary composer.

According to that publisher it was first published 1832.

While the violin part was kept practically unchanged for the first violin, the piano part was skillfully broken apart and freely adapted, with a "touch of Boccherini-like mediterranean style". The quintet is for 2 violins, viola and 2 violoncelli (as Schuberts, but also widely employed by Boccherini).

  • Thanks. I have just found and joined Music Fans. I played it before discovering that the arrangement was not by Beethoven himself and I was quite surprised when I discovered it.
    – badjohn
    Apr 13, 2017 at 10:15

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