Beethoven composed ten violin sonatas, the first nine during the “heroic” period of his career. In his works between 1797 and 1803, he mounted a revolution in musical language, breaking free from the accessible, decorous conventions of the 18th century.
Watch Leonidas Kavakos talk about the musical exchange between the violin and piano in Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata. The performance footage was taken on March 4, 2014 and was part of Carnegie Hall's Vienna: City of Dreams festival.
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