Ludwig van Beethoven
The Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Opus 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 C major string quintet and the fourth violin sonata—as well as his later seventh symphony.
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.
The Allegro movement is featured in the stage show Fame and in the syllabus of grade 8 of ABRSM’s bowed strings exam from 2016 till 2019.
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.
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