The first violin part of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 has been edited by Ilya Kaler, who has appeared as guest concertmaster with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony. Kaler's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.
Beethoven's First Symphony was dedicated to Baron Gottfried van Swieten, an early patron of the composer. Although it is unknown exactly when he completed it – sketches of the finale can be found as early as 1795 – the finished work premiered in 1800. Beethoven shows regard for his predecessors (such as Haydn and Mozart) but also begins to develop his own musical signature that would come to characterize his later music, notably the frequent use of sforzandi and the prominent, more independent use of wind instruments.
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