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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

The first version of this concerto dates from 1795, but it is finalized three years later. The concert was first performed by Beethoven in the Burgtheater, Vienna on March 25, 1795 and was dedicated to Carl Nicklas Edler von Nickelsberg. It was published in 1801, by which time he had also published the Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, although it had been composed after the B-flat concerto. Apparently the composer thought little of this work as he referred to it as “not one of the best” when he submitted the concerto to a publisher. However the work was quite successful, contributing to Beethoven’s ascent as one of Vienna’s new musical talents.

The piano concerto has three parts:

I. Allegro con brio

II. Adagio

III. Allegro molto

Part I – Allegro con brio – is constructed like a sonata and the themes are first presented by the orchestra. The composition reflects the influence of both Haydn and Mozart. Hence, after the presentation of the first theme by the orchestra, the piano starts with a new thematic idea rendered in an acute register.

Excerpt from the Part I of the Concerto no. 2 op.19

The second theme has a lyrical character and is first tuned by the orchestra and later by the instrumental soloists.

Excerpt from the Part II of the Concerto no. 2 op.19

Part II – Adagio – starts with the presentation of the theme by the orchestra, rendering the tenderness and softness Beethoven was capable of.

Part III – Allegro molto – is constructed like a rondo-sonata with a theme taken from the Viennese folklore, through its rhythm rendering the onomatopoeic images of spring.

Excerpt from the Part III of the Concerto no. 2 op.19

Both the first and second piano concerti bear Mozart’s influence and are considered to be some of Beethoven's more “classical” compositions. The influences will fade away gradually as Beethoven composes his latter piano concertos. Piano concerto No. 5 will the proof of the unique and revolutionary style Beethoven possessed as a composer.

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