Now where did I put that lovely thing?
You can just about see the young Beethoven, 22 years old, rummaging around his room before a recital looking for the piece he’d written the night before and then getting into a terrible rage over a lost penny. Something like that.
Anyway, an Opus 00 in D major has turned up in Bonn and is going to be heard for the first time in Amsterdam on Sunday.
Forgotten piano sonata by the young Beethoven has world premiere at ConcertgebouwAmsterdam
It appears that Beethoven wrote one more piano sonata, three years before he published his first official sonata. The young Beethoven was 22 years old then. This Sonata Fantasia in D was hidden in the archives since 1792, and is now issued in print for the first time. The publication and reconstruction of the sketches was done by the Dutch Beethoven musicologist Cees Nieuwenhuizen.
The work of the young Beethoven resembles the famous Moonlight Sonata and the Sonata Pastorale and contains many ideas that Beethoven used in other, later works. It’s a fascinating link between the early piano works and the first piano sonatas Opus 2 published by the young master. The world premiere is on Sunday 21 October 2012 by the young piano virtuoso Martin Oei (16 years) in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.