Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonatas

About Ludwig van Beethoven's 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.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
Sonata 1 Op. 2 No. 1  in F Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAB Sonata 1 Op. 2 No. 118 F Minor 1795 8
Sonata 2 Op. 2 No. 2  in A Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAC Sonata 2 Op. 2 No. 229 A Major 1795 8+
Sonata 3 Op. 2 No. 3  in C Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAD Sonata 3 Op. 2 No. 31 C Major 1795 8+
Sonata 4 Op. 7  in E-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAE Sonata 4 Op. 711 E-flat Major 1797 8+
Sonata 5 Op. 10 No. 1  in C Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAF Sonata 5 Op. 10 No. 12 C Minor 1798 8
Sonata 6 Op. 10 No. 2  in F Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAG Sonata 6 Op. 10 No. 217 F Major 1798 8
Sonata 7 Op. 10 No. 3  in D Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAH Sonata 7 Op. 10 No. 37 D Major 1798 8+
Sonata 8 (Pathéthique) Op. 13  in C Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAI Sonata 8 (Pathéthique) Op. 132 C Minor 1798 8+
Sonata 9 Op. 14 No. 1  in E Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAJ Sonata 9 Op. 14 No. 113 E Major 1798 8
Sonata 10 Op. 14 No. 2  in G Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAK Sonata 10 Op. 14 No. 223 G Major 1799 8
Sonata 11 Op. 22  in B-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAL Sonata 11 Op. 2233 B-flat Major 1800 8
Sonata 12 Op. 26  in A-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAM Sonata 12 Op. 2627 A-flat Major 1801 8
Sonata 13 Op. 27 No. 1  in E-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAN Sonata 13 Op. 27 No. 111 E-flat Major 1801 8+
Sonata 14 (Moonlight) Op. 27 No. 2  in C-sharp Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAO Sonata 14 (Moonlight) Op. 27 No. 25 C-sharp Minor 1801 8+
Sonata 15 Op. 28  in D Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAP Sonata 15 Op. 287 D Major 1801 8+
Sonata 16 Op. 31 No. 1  in G Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAQ Sonata 16 Op. 31 No. 123 G Major 1802 8
Sonata 17 (The Tempest) Op. 31 No. 2  in D Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAR Sonata 17 (The Tempest) Op. 31 No. 28 D Minor 1802 8+
Sonata 18 Op. 31 No. 3  in E-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAS Sonata 18 Op. 31 No. 311 E-flat Major 1802 8
Sonata 19 Op. 49 No. 1  in G Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAT Sonata 19 Op. 49 No. 124 G Minor 1797 6
Sonata 20 Op. 49 No. 2  in G Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAU Sonata 20 Op. 49 No. 223 G Major 1797 5
Sonata 21 (Waldstein) Op. 53  in C Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAV Sonata 21 (Waldstein) Op. 531 C Major 1804 8+
Sonata 22 Op. 54  in F Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAW Sonata 22 Op. 5417 F Major 1804 8+
Sonata 23 (Appassionata) Op. 57  in F Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music AAX Sonata 23 (Appassionata) Op. 5718 F Minor 1805 8+
Sonata 24 Op. 78  in F-sharp Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAY Sonata 24 Op. 7819 F-sharp Major 1809 8
Sonata 25 Op. 79  in G Major by Beethoven piano sheet music AAZ Sonata 25 Op. 7923 G Major 1809 7
Sonata 26 (Les adieux) Op. 81  in E-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music ABA Sonata 26 (Les adieux) Op. 8111 E-flat Major 1810 8+
Sonata 27 Op. 90  in E Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music ABB Sonata 27 Op. 9014 E Minor 1814 8
Sonata 28 Op. 101  in A Major by Beethoven piano sheet music ABC Sonata 28 Op. 10129 A Major 1816 8+
Sonata 29 (Hammerklavier) Op. 106  in B-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music ABD Sonata 29 (Hammerklavier) Op. 10633 B-flat Major 1818 8+
Sonata 30 Op. 109  in E Major by Beethoven piano sheet music ABE Sonata 30 Op. 10913 E Major 1820 8+
Sonata 31 Op. 110  in A-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music ABF Sonata 31 Op. 11027 A-flat Major 1822 8+
Sonata 32 Op. 111  in C Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music ABG Sonata 32 Op. 1112 C Minor 1822 8+

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