Ludwig van Beethoven
Bagatelles

About Ludwig van Beethoven's Bagatelles

Beethoven’s Bagatelles (or “Kleinigkeiten”, “Small Things”) were published in three stages, the second and third sets some twenty years after the first. The dates of publication, however, doesn’t necessarily say everything about the time of composition of the individual pieces – research into Beethoven´s sketch books has shown that ideas from widely divergent periods are given form in the Bagatelles.
The pieces present a meaning-charged musical idea in a small, terse, even fragmentary, form. They probably disappointed many of Beethoven’s contemporaries, who expected works on a grander scale with much better “classical balance” from such a great composer. Nevertheless, their contribution to the development of piano music in the 19th century cannot be overestimated.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
Bagatelle  WoO 52  in C Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAB Bagatelle WoO 522 C Minor 1795 8
Bagatelle  WoO 56  in C Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAC Bagatelle WoO 561 C Major 1804 4
Bagatelle  WoO 60  in B-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAD Bagatelle WoO 6033 B-flat Major 1818 5
Bagatelle  WoO 61a  in G Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAE Bagatelle WoO 61a24 G Minor 1825 3
Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 1  in E-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAF Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 111 E-flat Major 1803 7
Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 2  in C Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAG Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 21 C Major 1803 7
Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 3  in F Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAH Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 317 F Major 1803 5
Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 4  in A Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAI Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 429 A Major 1803 6
Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 5  in C Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAJ Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 51 C Major 1803 8
Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 6  in D Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAK Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 67 D Major 1803 5
Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 7  in A-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAL Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 727 A-flat Major 1803 7
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 1  in G Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAM Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 124 G Minor 1822 6
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 2  in C Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAN Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 21 C Major 1822 7
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 3  in D Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAO Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 37 D Major 1822 7
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 4  in A Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAP Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 429 A Major 1822 6
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 5  in C Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAQ Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 52 C Minor 1822 6
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 6  in G Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAR Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 623 G Major 1822 7
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 7  in C Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAS Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 71 C Major 1822 8
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 8  in C Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAT Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 81 C Major 1822 7
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 9  in A Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAU Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 930 A Minor 1822 6
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 10  in A Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAV Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 1029 A Major 1822 4
Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 11  in B-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAW Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 1133 B-flat Major 1822 7
Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 1  in G Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAX Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 123 G Major 1824 7
Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 2  in G Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAY Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 224 G Minor 1824 7
Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 3  in E-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAZ Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 311 E-flat Major 1824 7
Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 4  in B Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music ABA Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 436 B Minor 1824 6
Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 5  in G Major by Beethoven piano sheet music ABB Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 523 G Major 1824 5
Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 6  in E-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music ABC Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 611 E-flat Major 1824 6

Forum posts about the Bagatelles by Ludwig van Beethoven

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