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Violin Romance No. 1 (Beethoven)

The Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40 is a composition for violin and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven, one of two such compositions, the other being Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50. It was written in 1802, four years after the second romance, and was published 1803, two years before the publication of the second. Thus, this romance was designated as Beethoven's first.


The Romance Op. 40 is scored for violin solo and an orchestra composed of strings, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and flute.


The composition consists of a single movement marked Adagio cantabile.

External linksEdit

  • Romance in G major: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  • Keller, James M. "Program Note - Beethoven: Romances for Violin and Orchestra" (PDF). New York Philharmonic.
  • Johnson, Douglas; Tyson, Alan; Winter, Robert (1985). The Beethoven Sketchbooks: History, Reconstruction, Inventory. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-04835-0.
  • Sciannameo, Franco (2016). Experiencing the Violin Concerto: A Listener's Companion. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780810888869.
  • Romance in G major on YouTube, David Oistrakh, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Moscow 1966