[Ah! perfido.] Scena ed Aria. (Ah! Perfido, Spergiuro:) da L. van Beethoven aggiustata per it Pianoforte. [Op. 65]. Ludwig van Beethoven.
[Ah! perfido.] Scena ed Aria. (Ah! Perfido, Spergiuro:) da L. van Beethoven aggiustata per it Pianoforte. [Op. 65]
Ah! Perfido - Titelauflage

[Ah! perfido.] Scena ed Aria. (Ah! Perfido, Spergiuro:) da L. van Beethoven aggiustata per it Pianoforte. [Op. 65]

In Lipsia [Leipzig]: presso Ambrogio Kühnel (Bureau de Musique) [PN 401], [after 1805]. Title-edition (Titelauflage), a reissue of the plates of the first edition. Engraved music. Price above imprint on the title page in ink: fl. 4. Vignette mounted above imprint on the title page “Au Magasin de Musique en commission. No. 104 dans le Kalver-straat à Amsterdam”. Unbound as published. 11, [1] p. Light water stain at side margin, foxing throughout, otherwise in fine condition.

Reissue of the first edition of Ah! perfido, one of Beethoven’s finest concert arias, with a different title page.

Ah! perfido is a concert aria for soprano and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827). The piece was written in the first months of 1796 and first performed on 21 November of the same year in Leipzig, however it was not printed until nine years later, in 1805 by the Leipzig Bureau de Musique Hoffmeister & Kühnel as a piano reduction with the soprano vocal part. The present score is a reissue of the plates of the original first edition by the legal successor of the publisher Ambrosius Kühnel, printed most likely in 1806 (see Hill, p.121). 

Scarce, no auction records on Rare Book Hub (Americana Exchange), and the original first edition is recorded only once (Sotheby’s, 2009). We could trace one copy in institutional holdings at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn (C 65 / 9; 5719).

Ref. (of the first edition): Kinsky, p.155; Hoboken 294

Bibl.: Herttrich, E.: Preface. In: Beethoven, L. v: “Ah! perfido” für Sopran un Orchester. Opus 65. Klavierauszug. München: Henle, 2010.; Hill, R. S.: The Plate Numbers of C. F. Peters' Predecessors.” In: Papers Read by Members of the American Musicological Society at the Annual Meeting, 1938, pp. 113–134.

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Price: €2,800.00

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