Violin Sonata No. 5 (Beethoven)

The Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, is a violin sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is often known as the "Spring Sonata" (Frühlingssonate), and was published in 1801. It was dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries, a patron to whom Beethoven also dedicated two other works of the same year—the String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 and the Violin Sonata No. 4—as well as his later Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.[1]


Beethoven initially intended to pair this piece with his Violin Sonata No. 4, Opus 23. As Joseph Szigeti noted, the two pieces complement each other in both key and character.[2] This piece has a more lyrical quality while its intended pairing has a grabbing and agitated touch.[3] However, the two were never published together and thus have different opus numbers. The reason for such a separation is unknown.[4]


The work is in four movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio molto espressivo
  3. Scherzo: Allegro molto
  4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

The Scherzo and its trio are particularly brief; the entire sonata takes approximately 22 minutes to perform. The name "Spring Sonata" was given to it after Beethoven's death.[citation needed]

The Allegro movement is featured in the stage show Fame and in the grade 8 syllabus of ABRSM's bowed strings exam from 2016–2019.[citation needed][5]

While reviewing the cpo recording of composer Ferdinand Ries's violin sonatas Op. 8 No. 1, Op. 16 No. 2 and Op. 71, Jonathan Woolf commented that the Op. 8 No. 1 sonata was heavily inspired by this work.[6]

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  1. ^ "Beethoven's music with Opus number". Ludwig van Beethoven's website. Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  2. ^ Szigeti, Joseph (1965). The Ten Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin. Urbana, Ill. : American String Teachers Association, ©1965. p. 14. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  3. ^ Lockwood, Lewis (July 8, 2004). The Beethoven Violin Sonatas: History, Criticism, Performance. University of Illinois Press. p. 24. ISBN 0252029321. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  4. ^ Nettle, Paul (May 20, 2007). Beethoven Encyclopedia. Philosophical Library. pp. 295–296. ISBN 0806529970. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  5. ^ "ABRSM Bowed Strings Syllabus 2016–2019" (PDF). ABRSM. 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  6. ^ Woolf 2016


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