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A Sonata Recital


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ADOLF BUSCH (violin)
RUDOLF SERKIN (pianoforte)
The key of B minor usually drew out the best of Bach, and C minor evoked the best of Beethoven, and the B minor violin sonata-written, like the others, in the Cöthen period (1717-23)-is generally considered the finest of the set. Its opening adagio, in particular, with its strikingly effective double-stopping, shows Bach at the height of his powers.
This Sonata of Beethoven's, for violin and pianoforte, takes its name from the violinist, Rudolph Kreutzer , to whom Beethoven dedicated it, calling him in the dedication ' his friend '. Nothing is known of relations between Beethoven and Kreutzer, and the dedication has always been something of a mystery, although Kreutzer was, of course, one of the outstanding figures, if not the foremost, in the violin world of Beethoven's day.
It was with the English mulatto,
Bridgewater, that Beethoven first played the work, and Bridgewater claimed that it was originally dedicated to him. No one knows whether this is so, or not.


Violin: Adolf Busch
Pianoforte: Rudolf Serkin
Violinist: Rudolph Kreutzer

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