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A review of Beethoven's new work, & critical of the waltz...



Item # 680812 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1813  Under: "Review of New Musical Publications" is: "Twelve Waltzes, for the Pianoforte, composed by L. Van Beethoven." The review includes: "...While we are recommending these pleasing compositions to our musical readers, let no one suppose that our commendation extends to the disgusting practice of waltzing, a practice which we think is equally destitute of grace, delicacy, and propriety...". 
It is rare to find period mention of Ludwig van Beethoven in a publication (he died in 1827). Interesting commentary concerning the waltz.
Near the back under "America" is a report concerning Madison's inaugural address, calling it: "...a violent philippic against Great Britain, renewing the old grievances of impressing their seamen, employing the savages in Canada, & our refusing to consider as prisoners of war, and threatening to punish as traitors & deserters persons emigrating from this country to the United States..." with more.
The two plates called for are present.
Complete in 104 pages, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 by 8 1/4 inches, slightly close-trimmed at the top portion of the right margin of the title page, very nice condition.

Certainly one of the more famous magazines of the 18th & 19th centuries, having started in 1731 and surviving for over 130 years. This was the very first publication to use the word "magazine".

Item from Catalog 313 (released for December, 2021)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's