[Sketchbook for the years 1815-1816].

Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 [Browse]
Uniform title
Musical score, Manuscript
  • No linguistic content
  • German
1 score (56 unnumbered leaves) : paper ; 24 x 31 cm, 4to


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Library of Congress genre(s)
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Summary note
Autograph manuscript sketches for various completed and unfinished works, most likely written in Vienna from approximately March 1815 to May 1816.
  • Music treasures at Princeton
  • Origin: Written at Vienna, throughout the year 1815.
  • The original sketchbook probably consisted of a single gathering of 80 leaves (40 bifolia from 20 sheets). Leaf 17 (pp. 33-34), not counted by A. Artaria, is a fragment, with three-fourths of the original torn away (resulting in the frequent citation of 55 unnumbered leaves for the sketchbook). The manuscript also contains stubs for 17 leaves excised from the manuscript between the current leaf 16 (pp. 32-33) and the fragmentary leaf 17. Five additional leaves were also removed from the manuscript at an earlier time (two bifolia adjacent to the present first and last pages, and three leaves between the current leaves 46-47 (pp. 92-93). Johnson, pp. 245-46, has identified 8 of these leaves in the holdings of other libraries.
  • This sketchbook identifiable as Notirungsbuch C in Artaria's first classification, between 1827 and 1835, and as Skizzenbuch B in the firm's second classification, between 1865 and 1871 (as reflected by the cover title); cf. Johnson, pp. 20-23, 241-42.
Binding note
In modern blue cloth case.
Language note
Text in German.
Staff notation.
  • Chief contents include sketches for Leonore Prohaska, WoO 96
  • Piano concerto in D major, Hess 15 / Unv 6
  • Das Geheimnis, WoO 145
  • Cello sonata in D major, op. 102, no. 2
  • Folksong arrangements “Robin Adair,” WoO 157, no. 7 / neue Ordnung: WoO 154, no. 63 and “O thou art the lad of my heart, Willy,” op. 108, no. 11
  • An opera on themes from antiquity
  • Canons “Das Schweigen” and “Das Reden,” WoO 168
  • Piano sonata in A major, op. 101
  • Sehnsucht, WoO 146
  • Piano trio in F minor, Unv 10
  • An die ferne Geliebte op. 98
  • Variations for piano trio, op. 121a (“Kakadu”)
  • Der Mann von Wort, op. 99
  • March for military band, WoO 24.
  • Obtained through Albi Rosenthal in May, 1965; from the Louis Koch Collection.
  • Lockwood, Lewis. “The Beethoven Sketchbook in the Scheide Library. The Princeton University Chronicle, v. 37, no. 2 (Winter 1976), pp. 139-53.
  • Schmidt, H. "Verzeichnis der Skizzen Beethovens," Beethoven-Jahrbuch, 1965/68, 364, p. 111-12
  • Albrecht, O. "Beethoven autographs in the United States." In Beträge zur Beethoven-Bibliographie (1975), Census 230B, pp. 5-6
  • Scheide, W. H. “To a Near Centennial of Shared Bibliophily.” In Festschrift Albi Rosenthal (1984), 261-62
  • Johnson, D., A. Tyson, and R. Winter, Beethoven sketchbooks (1985), pp. 241-46
  • For William H. Scheide: fifty years of collecting (2004), c| no. 409 (p. 90)
  • Bellofatto, L, and A. Orlandi, “ Beethoven and the Art of Horology: Addenda et Corrigenda.” In Bonner Beethoven-Studien, v. 11 (2014), c| pp. 170-71
  • RISM (Répertoire international des sources musicales), 1001010221
Cite as
Scheide Library, Princeton University. MA 130.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Place name(s)
Austria Vienna.
Other title(s)
  • Skizzenbuch B : 55 Blätter
  • Scheide sketchbook
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