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Beethoven: Sonata 1 Op. 2 No. 1 in F Minor

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Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatas :
Sonata 1, Op. 2 No. 1
Sonata 1 Op. 2 No. 1  in F Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music
Key: F Minor Year: 1795
Level: 8 Period: Classical
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (298 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Ruthardt edition (2874 kB)

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xx Beethoven Sonata #1
April 11, 2011, 07:08:45 PM by bartleson

Do the appoggiaturas in M. 5, 6, etc, come on the beat or before the beat?

xx help on accompaniment for beethoven op 2 no 1
July 07, 2010, 02:18:45 AM by brunotheiss

Hello, I'm going to play at the municipal theater with a friend. Each one of us will play half a hour and then we'll do some piano four-hands.

I have a semester to work on the pieces I'll play alone, and one of them will for sure be Beethoven Op. 2 no. 1.

Here's the question: is the program below unnefective or something like that?
Anyone here have a much better idea?

Rachmaninoff - Prelude Op. 3 no. 2 in C Sharp Minor
Beethoven - Sonata Op. 2 no. 1 in F Minor
Chopin - Nocturne Op. 48 in C Minor

If it's ok, I won't even bother on changing anything, I just wanna know if there's some kind of a big mistake in my choice.

Thank you already  Grin

xx UPDATED: Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 2 No.1 - I Allegro
June 24, 2009, 09:16:45 PM by aslanov

I was just practicing today and i decided to go ahead and record my progress thus far.
As you may or may not know im at my 1.5 year mark of playing piano. Unfortunately I have been without my teacher for about 2 months now, so i try to solve the problems in my playing on my own, but as im sure you'll hear it wasnt that successful. Anyway, have a listen, and lemme know any problems you hear, and how it is i can go about practicing to reduce those problems. I know there are a lot of wrong notes...when i listen to it, i think the intention i have is...understandable, but the way i play it just doesnt do the intention justice, just yet.

I found this recording from last june.
My final attempt at uploading it, first few times didnt work out.
There are some mistakes, but the idea is there, let me know what you think because im thinking of revisiting this piece with a fresh mind.

xx Beethoven Piano Sonata no. 1- pedal help
January 04, 2009, 03:59:08 AM by aslanov

hey guys, im having trouble figuring out the pedaling for the section after the beginning, the part thats like the descent from the mannheim rocket in the beginning, with the left hand playing some accompaniment. (sorry i dont know any technical terminology for this stuff, i never really studied theory, and i still havent talked to my piano teacher about it) but i thought some of our more learned players can shed some light on this.


xx Beethoven - op2.1 complete
November 19, 2008, 04:11:39 PM by feddera

Finally! I was able to make a recording of this whole sonata today. I will continue working on it one more month, then I will make the final ultimate recording. I've been working on it on/off since January, and I can't wait to start learning something else. Tongue

I also plan on performing this for my friends and family sometime during christmas, so I will need some advice on how to improve until then. Please comment, it would make me very happy!  Smiley

xx Beethoven - op2no1 mvt4
October 08, 2008, 03:08:10 PM by feddera

Been working on this one on and off for a while. My new teacher told me to put it aside for a couple of months, so I could focus on Beethoven's op10no1 instead. Before I take a break from it, I just had to make a recording of my progress so far.  Tongue

Any comments on how to get it better will be appreciated!

xx Beethoven - Op.2 n1 - Allegro
October 07, 2008, 11:34:45 PM by migamaral

Hi Everybody,

this is my first post in the audition room. Im a 25 years old piano student. started when I was 6, up to 10, then stoped for 13 years. For the last two years Ive been studying with a piano teacher here in Portugal.

Sorry for the mistakes... PLEASE COMMENT

By the way, do you enjoy playing early Beethoven?

Miguel Amaral

xx Beethoven Sonata in F minor
April 22, 2008, 02:10:08 PM by ridr27

In Beethoven's Sonata in F minor Op. 2 No. 1, Allegro:

When a note is already Flat in the Key Signature and one is added to the note:

Would that make it a double flat?

Examples:  Measure 116, added flat to A; Measure 118, added flats to B and D; Measure 120 added flat to B.

I have tried to make sense of this but noting if the preceeding measure had made them natural and thusly it was just *added* as supposed help (which actually usually confuses me....LOL)

Hope all this is clear enough question for an answer.
A confused Rider27

xx Beethoven - op2no1 mvt. 1
April 05, 2008, 12:01:26 AM by feddera

My progress so far, only three movements to go! Some constructive critisism would be great.  Smiley

xx Beethoven op2no1 and a more general question regarding long pieces
February 25, 2008, 03:15:55 AM by feddera

Hi everyone!  Cheesy

So, I plan on getting all 4 movements of Beethovens first sonata ready for perfomance around july/august. I have just spent the past six weeks memorising the first movement, and while it's far from perfect (need better trills and dynamics), five more months should be plenty of time. After reading around this forum, I decided working on all the movements at the same time would be a better idea.

The 4th movement seemed like the hardest one, so I started working on the first 5 bars with the LH, and the ending with my RH. Well, it's been three days, and i can only manage those sections at 160 bpm comfortably, it falls apart around 180, and there is no way I can play that at 208. I have seen suggestions to learn hands seperate at 140% the final speed, which in this case means like, 300 bpm. Is that even possible? My question to those who have learnt this piece (or similiar pieces), is how much time do you need to reach the final speed? Maybe I am impatient after just three days, but I have never played anything this fast and I have no idea what is normal.

I guess I could always learn the entire thing hands together at 160 bpm and increase the speed gradually from there, but according to most here that is the "old fashioned" way to do it? But on the other hand, if I can play those two sections at 208 bpm, the rest of the piece is really just memorising.

And yes, the more general question. This is the longest piece I have worked on, my first Beethoven-sonata and my only multi-movement piece. How much time is "ok" to use on a piece like this? Is 6 months to much, to little or just right? I'm sure it depends on skill-level etc. but some general pointers would be nice  Tongue

xx Beethoven Op. 2 No. 1 - How to use the pedal?
December 25, 2007, 12:08:48 PM by opus57

Hi all together

I just practice the first movement of Beethovens first piano sonata and I wonder how I should use the pedal. Sometimes I think it would be nice to use it but I'm not sure how. Has anybody some advice for me?

Thank you very much and merry X-mas Wink


xx Beethoven Op. 2 No. 1 - Allegro (Performance Practice)
November 12, 2007, 12:07:09 PM by mcgillcomposer

In an attempt to stray from the philosophically charged posts that occupy so much space on this forum, I would like to post something that focuses more on musical thinking.

I have heard many recordings and live performances of this work, and have noticed that some people choose to rit. leading into the fermata at the end of the first eight measures. Sometimes it is just in the last measure, but other times, the rit. occurs much earlier.

I know that many will say it is a question of interpretation, and I have no choice but to accept this. Nonetheless, I don't agree with it for many reasons and, in fact, think that it is simply incorrect to do a rit. at this particular place.

Please let me know what you think/do and give me a musical reason for your view.

xx Beethoven Op. 2 No. 1
August 16, 2007, 09:27:45 PM by mcgillcomposer

Let's start with the first 8 bears of the opening movement. Who can give me the standard formal analysis?

1) 2 bar basic idea that is seperated into two parts: rocket theme (f minor arpeggio), and the triplet figure...harmony = I

2) Huh

xx DUEL: kd vs rallestar, Beethoven sonata op. 2/1, mvts I & II
August 15, 2007, 10:04:01 AM by kd

I'm not fully satisfied with this, but I entered a duel and obey the Wolfi's rule, so here it comes...

EDIT: now we have two versions of the 1st movement. I've created a poll. Share your opinions and vote!

Important notice: A poster who chooses the option 'I play it better' agrees to post his own performance of the 1st movement  Smiley

xx Tips for L-H arpeggios in the last movement of Op 2 no 1
February 12, 2007, 10:08:25 PM by steve_m


xx Beethoven Sonata Op2 No1 4th mvt
October 22, 2006, 05:27:19 AM by jamie_liszt

I didn't have trouble with the first 3 mvts but this last mvt is killing me. I am having a hard time getting it up to speed (prestissimo - 200bpm on the metronome is my goal) my teacher said to me it shouldn't be very difficult to play it at prestissimo. I heard Richter playing it on some video on eMule and the speed he plays it at isnt even on my metronome, lol.

Has anyone got any tips on how to speed this beats up?

If anyone has played this piece before, did you have trouble playing it this fast?

xx Re: what should i play
September 30, 2006, 04:48:52 PM by gonzalo


i'm new here in this forum. I thing it's a great forum where you can learn very much.
I'm from holland so sorry if the english is not always correct.

But i'm playing things as pathetique 3t movement. Some of mozarts sonata's such as
k331 en k279 k 280. And i don't know what to play now. I love sonatas of beethoven. But i know that waldstein or appassionata is to difficult.

i'm curious what you guys are playing and what you liked the most.

A mozart sonata you can try is K 282, and a Beethoven sonata you can give a go to is Op.79, or op.2 n1

Take care,

xx Beethoven Op2 nr 1, mvt3
May 20, 2006, 12:06:06 AM by daniloperusina

Any opinion most welcome!

exclamation Beethoven - op 2 no 1 prestissimo
May 04, 2006, 07:16:37 PM by jebleeblus

hellooooo Cheesy
well i've recently finished getting the notes down for the last movement of the op 2 no 1 (in spite of the fact i got loads of exams coming up Sad) and jus put it up for you guys to listen to!

comments etc welcome, and yes i did slip up a few times :p

xx Fingering in Beethoven Sonata No. 1
January 27, 2006, 12:35:09 AM by kd

Hi, I've spent some time on this sonata and I've got the three movements but I have problems with a few fast LH arpeggios in the 4th mvt. If it is within one octave there is no problem. But there are some runs going down and up. I've got three editions, they give three different versions and with each of them I seem to have different problems.
For example, in the beginning, just after the repetition mark, the run is
 F-Ab-C F-Bb-Db F-C-Ab F-(down)C-Ab F-Ab-C E-G-C F-Ab-C (up)F-Ab-C
and the three versions are
 531 521 512 124 531 531 532 131
 531 521 524 124 531 531 421 321
 531 532 523 123 531 531 532 132
I don't like the first one because of the 2nd and 3rd triplets where thumb movement is very inconvenient for me, and because of the 1212 in 3rd and 4th which is hard to play accurately. The problem with the second version is the thumb in the 4th triplet and with the third version - that you have 2 play C and then 3 play Ab.
I thought of something like 531 532 523 124 531 531 421 321, but I was told it is strange. So what's your advice - should I concentrate on one of the above versions and work hard on it to be later able to cope with similar runs or rather keep looking for strange fingering but perhaps more convienient for this particular one?

xx Difficulty Rating - Beethoven Sonata No.1 Mvt 1
October 22, 2005, 04:09:58 AM by steve jones

Title pretty much says it all - Im after an ABRSM grade rating on this movement if possible. I looked through it and thought about Gr 6-7, but I know nothing so I'll leave to your better judgement.

I shall have a blast at this one regardless as I like the piece very much.

Thanks people  Smiley

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