Violin Concerto in D major Op.61
Ludwig van Beethoven

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Beethoven's concerto falls to its lowest-ever Hall of Fame position

This work, which is now so firmly accepted as one of the greats of the violin repertoire, was something of a slow burner. Unlike many other pieces by the great composer, it certainly didn't become an instant hit. The concerto was rattled off by Beethoven in a remarkably short space of time. He took just a few weeks to compose it in the winter of 1806, and it was premiered within days of its completion on 23rd December. This was a fairly rushed affair. The soloist hadn't had time to learn his part, so spent a good deal of the concert sight-reading. It's hard to imagine Beethoven being too pleased with such an approach.