Beethoven's Romance in G

May 24, 2006 at 06:58 PM · hi.

I've played Beethoven's Romance in G,op 40 and I felt and I believe that it is a glorious,beautiful,violinistic work which is in no way 'inferior' to the Romance in F.Why is it that it is played less often than the Romance in F at concerts?

AN

Replies (17)

May 24, 2006 at 07:14 PM · My guess that the G major Romance is played less frequently is the double stops. beyond that you're quite right --it's glorious.

May 25, 2006 at 12:42 AM · The F major is prettier.

May 25, 2006 at 02:08 AM · The F Major is played more frequently because I like it better.

May 25, 2006 at 06:00 AM · When I play the F major Beethoven Romance, I think of the violin as being a teasing flighty pretty girl and the accompaniment as being this portly overweight guy who can't quite keep up with her sprightly whims.

May 25, 2006 at 05:44 PM · Milstein, are you sure about that?? LOL

May 25, 2006 at 06:52 PM · Haha Kevin that's great! :)

May 25, 2006 at 06:56 PM · rather interesting..

will give that imaginative part of it a go next time

;)

AN

May 26, 2006 at 04:32 PM ·

May 27, 2006 at 07:56 PM · Check out the Vieuxtemps edits of both of the Romances, this might renew excitement in the pieces.

May 27, 2006 at 09:43 PM · It's true, I played a competition once where in the finals all six of us had to play one of the two romances. Score: F Major 5, G Major 1 (wasn't me) I know which one I would rather start!

May 14, 2011 at 02:43 AM ·

I'm working on both at the same time.  Its obviousl that neither is better!   I love the first one for its delicious double stop sequences, surely there are no better, and the second for its engaging theme.

I do have a complaint though.  What was Beethoven thinking of when he wrote the orchestration for the G?  Its heavy, laborious and tedious.  Oddly, the theme that the flute plays is gorgeous - but it should be handed back to the violin - its given in my score so when I practice I routinely play the flute part to make it more of a violin solo....

Perhaps I'm alone on this....

May 14, 2011 at 07:26 AM ·

 I have always preferred the G, to me there was no hesitation and I could never understand why it is so 'underrated' meaning exactly what the poster said: why is it played less often!

May 15, 2011 at 01:49 PM ·

It is a little known fact that the reason Beethoven wrote two Romances was because the first one didn't work!

May 15, 2011 at 02:25 PM ·

 Art - you know that op 50 was written before op 40? :)

Jon - You made me curious, care to share? :-)

May 15, 2011 at 08:45 PM ·

[Jon posted in 2006 - I dug up the topic... ;) ]

May 16, 2011 at 03:35 AM ·

 oops.... But I am still curious :)

May 16, 2011 at 05:42 AM ·

we could try to poke him... send him an V.com message.... who knows, maybe he's a professor of music, specializing in romantic romances by now? :D

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