In 1806, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was premiered in Vienna by Franz Clement, who was an extraordinary violinist as well as a composer in his own right. Clement was born in 1780, three years after Beethoven, and when Clement was about 14, Beethoven wrote him a very warm letter telling him that if he went on progressing as magnificently, then he would rise to the highest heights. Some years later, when Beethoven conducted the first public performance of the Eroica,...

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