Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Sonata for Horn and Piano
in one day. He premiered the work with the handhorn virtuoso Giovanni Punto (Johann
Stich) in the year 1800. At the first performance he improvised most of the piano
part, having had only enough time to write out the horn part and a rough outline of the
The critic, an admirer of the famous Punto, wrote: "...as
usual, Mr. Punto played brilliantly, but who is this Beethover (sic) fellow anyway?"
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