These two sonatas were composed much earlier than their high number of opus would suggest. They were composed at approximately the same time as Sonatas Op.7 and 10. Both are arranged in two movements, light on the compositional fabric and relatively easy to play. As Beethoven composed both works for teaching purposes, they are an ideal introduction to his music for piano students.
Edition Peters dates back to December 1, 1800, when the Vienna-educated composer and conductor Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754–1812) partnered with organist Ambrosius Kühnel (c. 1770–1813) to establish a Bureau de Musique in Leipzig. Its activities included the sale of instruments - providing, among others, Goethe and Beethoven - and the publishing of books and sheet music.
The label is well known among classical music musicians for the variety and quality of its editions.