1806: Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major

MONDAY, October 12, 2020 – 7:57 AM

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, age 36


  • solo violin
  • flute, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons
  • two horns, two trumpets
  • timpani
  • strings.

This is one of a very few compositions by Beethoven that did not immediately catch on…

Its 1st performance by Franz Clement was a failure. Then in 1844 it was performed by the then 12-year-old violinist Joseph Joachim with the orchestra of the London Philharmonic Society conducted by Felix Mendelssohn. Since then it has become one of the best-known violin concertos. So let’s say it’s been popular for around 176 years.





1 thought on “1806: Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major

  1. I only had a minute or so to listen, and skipped to spots – heard the pure sounds of Milstein, and the harmonies of Beethoven. I prefer to listen when I can immerse myself deeply, so I’m mentally bookmarking this for another time.

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