2. Violin romance (Beethoven)

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The violin romance No. 2 in F major, op. 50 is one of two romances for violin and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven . Beethoven's further contribution to this genre is the violin romance op. 40 in G major .

Composers such as Carl Nielsen , Max Bruch and Antonín Dvořák were inspired to make their own contributions by Beethoven's violin romances, which at the same time established a new musical genre.


Nothing is known about the reason for the composition. Contrary to the numbering, the violin romance in F major was written earlier than its sister work; it was probably composed in 1798 and possibly first performed in November of the same year, but was not published until 1805, two years after the G major romance.

To the music

The piece is introduced by a lyrical theme of the violin, which - in contrast to the G major romance - is accompanied by the orchestra. The theme is repeated by the orchestra and again by the violin and varied by both as the music progresses.

On the one hand, the romance in F major shares with the romance in G major the alla breve measure, the lyrical character in the main theme and its contrast with another theme in minor (in the case of the romance in F major in ABACA form is structured), on the other hand the F major romance is quieter and is more oriented towards the French violin than its sister work.

supporting documents

  • Christoph Hahn, Siegmar Hohl (ed.): Bertelsmann concert guide . Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag, Gütersloh / Munich 1993, ISBN 3-570-10519-9 .
  • Harenberg concert guide. Harenberg Kommunikation, Dortmund 1998, ISBN 3-611-00535-5 .
  • Sven Hiemke (Ed.): Beethoven manual . Bärenreiter-Verlag Karl Vötterle GmbH & Co. KG, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-476-02153-3 , p. 155.

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