Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770–1827)

Sketch for the second movement of the Symphony no. 7, op. 92

Symphonies, no. 7, op. 92, A major. Allegretto (Sketches)

Autograph manuscript

1812

James Fuld Collection

Item description: 

This sketch comes from the lower part of a leaf from the Petter Sketchbook, named after Gustav A. Petter (1828–1868), one of its former owners. It contains musical ideas for the second movement of the Seventh Symphony—the opening chord and the reiterated bass figure. Undoubtedly the popularity of this movement made it desirable to admirers and collectors and led to the dismemberment of the sketchbook and dispersal of several of its leaves.