Violin Sonata No. 8 (Beethoven)

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The Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major Op. 30 No. 3 is a sonata for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven .


The violin sonata op. 30,3 was composed with the two other violin sonatas of op. 30, No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 No. 1 and No. 7 in C minor Op. 30 No. 2 , in 1802.

To the music

First movement (soloists: Paul Rosenthal, Edward Auer)
Second movement (soloists: Paul Rosenthal, Edward Auer)
Note sample (subject of the second movement)
Third movement (soloists: Paul Rosenthal, Edward Auer)

1st movement: Allegro assai

In the main theme of the movement, circular eighth note movements are contrasted by an upward chord break moving through two octaves. After the first eight bars, the main movement becomes more harmonious. The only 26-measure implementation is in the first section of trills marked in piano and violin part. In the second section the main theme sounds several times and finally leads to the recapitulation ; a coda is missing.

2nd movement: Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso

The second movement in E flat major starts seamlessly from the first movement of the sonata by starting on the tonic third G. The theme of the movement sounds eight times with only minor deviations; when the theme sounds ninth, however, it is designed as a dialogue between piano and violin. The middle part of the movement contains a rhythmic design that is reminiscent of the secondary theme in the first movement of Sonata No. 6, Op. 30 No. 1 reminds.

3rd movement: Allegro vivace

The temperament of the final rondo prompted Beethoven researcher Alexander Wheelock Thayer to refer to this movement as "Rondo à la Musette". It is characterized by folklore from bordoon-like basses and suggestions . The development-like middle section is completed by a bohemian sounding B major motif.

The scheme of this movement can be found in the use of time signature and key as well as folk music characteristics later also in the finale of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 .


The violin sonatas op. 30 appeared in 1803. Beethoven's dedication of the sonatas to the Russian Tsar Alexander I was rewarded by him with a payment of 100 ducats to the composer during the Congress of Vienna .


  • Booklet accompanying the CD box set Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms - Violin Sonatas. Deutsche Grammophon Production (Universal), 2003.
  • Harenberg cultural guide chamber music. Brockhaus, Mannheim 2008, ISBN 978-3-411-07093-0 .
  • Jürgen Heidrich: Violin Sonatas. In: Beethoven manual. Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-476-02153-3 . Pp. 466-475.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Alexander Wheelock Thayer : Ludwig van Beethoven's life . Edited from the original manuscript in German by Hermann Deiters. Revision of H. Deiters' new edition (1901) by Hugo Riemann , 5 volumes, Leipzig 1907–1917, volume 2, p. 354.
  2. ^ Jürgen Heidrich: Violin Sonatas. In: Beethoven manual. Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-476-02153-3 . P. 475