|Map of 1801 with some tour cities circled (except London, just seemed relevant). |
(orig from Atlas To Freeman's Historical Geography,Longmans Green and Co 1903)
Here's a chronology of Beethoven's "Touring Career" (based on what little documentation exists):
1796: Feb-March: Extended visit (tour) to Prague with Count Lichnowsky. Composes "Ah, Perfido!"and some mandolin music WoO 43-44 for Countess Josephine de Clary in Prague (see bottom of today's post).
"Beethoven spent several weeks in Prague playing not only his own compositions in concerts, but also improvisations which won the favor of his audiences. His mastery of extemporization was incomparable. Upon departing from Prague he had made many friends plus a considerable amount of money." (City Museum, Prague)
Apr-July - Arrives in Dresden, soon performs for the Elector of Saxony, then leaves for Leipzig and Berlin.
|Obverse of Louis XVI Gold Louis D'Or|
While in Berlin, Beethoven composes Cello Sonata #1, Opus 5 (dedicated to the Prussian King) for court cellist Jean-Louis DuPort as well as the "Judas Maccabaeus" Variations WoO 45 and other works.
|(The Berlin Singakademie in 1843 by Eduard Gaertner)|
November: Tour to Pressburg (Bratislava) and Pest/Budapest (concert on Nov 23)
1798 - October (or thereabouts): 2nd visit to Prague to perform his 1st and 2nd Piano Concertos.
1800 - May-July: Return visit to Budapest, performances include Horn Sonata Op.17 with "Punto" (Jan Václav Stich).
|"Don't call me Jan."|
Here's an "all-mandolin" arrangement of the Sonatina for Mandolin and Harpsichord in C major WoO.44a:
Arrangement for mandolin orchestra: Tomislav Kalebić
Mandolin Orchestra "Sanctus Domnio", Conductor: Frane Kuss, Recorded in Zagreb (Croatia), 2006