Ludwig van Beethoven

Rondo for piano in C major, WoO 48

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This is among the earliest surviving compositions of Beethoven, who was a mere 13 years old when he wrote it. He managed to get it published immediately in a popular weekly musical publication in Germany, one of the first works of his ever to be printed. He also wrote three piano sonatas at this time, in E flat, F minor, and D, WoO 47, published shortly after this Rondo. It is believed that the Minuet for Piano in E flat major, WoO 82, may also have been composed during this period. It is the more impressive work, if comparisons must be made. But this obscure little Rondo is not to be dismissed as an insignificant piece of juvenilia. It actually contains several elements that identify it as a work of the mature master to come. Humor is already present here, and the young composer also shows a grasp of color in the ending, whose abundant ideas might have sounded better orchestrated. While this piece cannot be regarded as important, except in observing Beethoven's development, it is nevertheless a delightful light work.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Avi / CAvi-music AVI 8553321
    2014 BIS BIS 1892
    2013 Brilliant Classics 94630
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94052
    2010 Naxos 857807374
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93525
    2007 Cascade Records 2200
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 000428702
    2000 EtCetera Records 1018
    2000 Frame 9830
    1999 Media 7 (defunct - now Musisoft) 14
    1997 Deutsche Grammophon 453 733-2GCB8
    Naxos 553798
    Cascade Records 2231
    Brilliant 93525/59