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Among Vienna’s many composers and pianists of the time, Anton Eberl (1765–1807) was the one considered most worthy of comparison with Beethoven. His Sonata in B flat major, Op.35, his last of seven sonatas with violin, was composed around 1805 and dedicated to Maria Walburga, the Princess Bretzenheim. This was one Eberl’s last works, as he died prematurely, at the age of forty-one, in 1807. Unlike many of Eberl’s lesser contemporaries, in its duration, formal and harmonic novelty, and in the lively relationship between the violin and keyboard, his Op.35 shares much of the musical ambition and quality of Beethoven’s works in this genre.
“This music is immediately appealing in its use of melody and accompaniment, and, as with Eberl’s sonata op. 20, there are numerous delightful touches. Eberl’s writing is unfailingly charming and inventive, as we find in the introduction of triplet quavers at the end of the first movement. In fact, rhythmic invention is a common feature of this music. This is an excellent edition of a fascinating and important work of the period by a composer whose revival on a large scale is overdue.”
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