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Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonatas

The Beethoven Sonatas have been called the New Testament of the piano repertoire (the old being Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier).
Spanning the length of his compositional career, they illustrate Beethoven’s musical development, and show both the piano as an instrument and the piano sonata as a genre undergoing an extraordinary evolution.
Unsurprisingly, the most famous sonatas are those with nicknames, mostly invented by other people than the composer: Pathétique, the earliest of the "name" sonatas was a complete shock to the musical world with the unprecedented violence of its expression.
Moonlight derives its name from the critic Ludwig Rellstab’s likening of the first movement to moonlight as reflected on the surface of Lake Lucerne. When asked about the meaning of the Sonata Op. 31 no 2, Beethoven replied: "Read Shakespeare’s Tempest".
The gigantic Hammerklavier Sonata, simply named after the German word for piano, occupies a pivotal position in Beethovens oevre: this work begins the transcendent spiritual odyssey of Beethoven’s late period.
The last three sonatas, with opus numbers 109-111 are some of his most forward-looking and experimental works.


Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Sonata 1 Op. 2 No. 1F Minor 1795 Sonata 8
Sonata 2 Op. 2 No. 2A Major 1795 Sonata 8+
Sonata 3 Op. 2 No. 3C Major 1795 Sonata 8+
Sonata 4 Op. 7E-flat Major 1797 Sonata 8+
Sonata 5 Op. 10 No. 1C Minor 1798 Sonata 8
Sonata 6 Op. 10 No. 2F Major 1798 Sonata 8
Sonata 7 Op. 10 No. 3D Major 1798 Sonata 8+
Sonata 8 (Pathétique) Op. 13C Minor 1798 Sonata 8+
Sonata 9 Op. 14 No. 1E Major 1798 Sonata 8
Sonata 10 Op. 14 No. 2G Major 1799 Sonata 8
Sonata 11 Op. 22B-flat Major 1800 Sonata 8
Sonata 12 Op. 26A-flat Major 1801 Sonata 8
Sonata 13 Op. 27 No. 1E-flat Major 1801 Sonata 8+
Sonata 14 (Moonlight) Op. 27 No. 2C-sharp Minor 1801 Sonata 8+
Sonata 15 (Pastorale) Op. 28D Major 1801 Sonata 8+
Sonata 16 Op. 31 No. 1G Major 1802 Sonata 8
Sonata 17 (The Tempest) Op. 31 No. 2D Minor 1802 Sonata 8+
Sonata 18 Op. 31 No. 3E-flat Major 1802 Sonata 8
Sonata 19 Op. 49 No. 1G Minor 1797 Sonata 6
Sonata 20 Op. 49 No. 2G Major 1797 Sonata 5
Sonata 21 (Waldstein) Op. 53C Major 1804 Sonata 8+
Sonata 22 Op. 54F Major 1804 Sonata 8+
Sonata 23 (Appassionata) Op. 57F Minor 1805 Sonata 8+
Sonata 24 Op. 78F-sharp Major 1809 Sonata 8
Sonata 25 Op. 79G Major 1809 Sonata 7
Sonata 26 (Les Adieux) Op. 81E-flat Major 1810 Sonata 8+
Sonata 27 Op. 90E Minor 1814 Sonata 8
Sonata 28 Op. 101A Major 1816 Sonata 8+
Sonata 29 (Hammerklavier) Op. 106B-flat Major 1818 Sonata 8+
Sonata 30 Op. 109E Major 1820 Sonata 8+
Sonata 31 Op. 110A-flat Major 1822 Sonata 8+
Sonata 32 Op. 111C Minor 1822 Sonata 8+



Posts in the piano forum about Sonatas by Beethoven:

grin Beethoven Sonata
July 04, 2011, 04:39:25 PM by pianovlad1996

Hello! Grin
I recently finished Beethoven Sonata Op.90 (all movements) and I was wondering what sonata should I play. I decided to play another Beethoven. Please write some grade 8 and 8+ ( but not the op.100' sonatas because they are relly hard). Roll Eyes


xx Beethoven Sonatas in Preparation for Appassionata
June 15, 2011, 11:09:48 PM by lorditachijr

Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata is one of my favorite sonatas he wrote, and I really want to work out the most efficient route to get to where I can play it. So far the sonatas I've completed(all movements) are: Op 49 No 1, Op 2 No 1, Op 13 and Op 27 No 2. I think next I want to do the Op 10 No 3, Op 7 or Op 31 No 2. Which of these do you think would help me prepare most for working on the Appassionata? My teacher said I am ready for any of those 3, and after I finish the one I choose I would really like to go ahead to the Appassionata. I haven't played any late sonatas yet, so do you think it would be more beneficial to do something like the Op 90 or the Op 78? I would appreciate any advice on this matter.


xx Overlooked Beethoven Sonatas?
April 22, 2011, 12:23:37 PM by bkaldridge

Is there a Beethoven Sonata that is lesser known but beautiful?  I find myself getting bored trying to learn them if I don't enjoy them musically.  Something as gripping as Pathetique or Moonlight Sonata but not as well known?


xx Please suggest a Mozart/Beethoven Sonata
March 07, 2011, 03:09:26 PM by wilmerguido

I'm not really a fan of Mozart or Beethoven, but then I need one for a competition... Please suggest something aside the overplayed ones like Moonlight/Pathetique... I'm still contemplating whether to learn Waldstein or not

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