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Beethoven: Sonata 15 (Pastorale) Op. 28 in D Major

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Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatas :
Sonata 15 (Pastorale), Op. 28
Sonata 15 (Pastorale) Op. 28  in D Major by Beethoven piano sheet music
Key: D Major Year: 1801
Level: 8+ Period: Classical
piano sheet music Piano score: Ruthardt edition (4065 kB)

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xx Beethoven Sonata 15 (Pastorale) Andante
March 15, 2010, 09:04:57 PM by dss62467

I learned this piece last summer and am relearning it now.  My skill has improved since then and I am able to hear how I'm playing it... and am not exactly happy.   The section I'm referring to is where it changes to D major.   My teacher tells me to play it "cute".  Seymour Lipkin plays it "cute".  I play it like I've got cement fingers!   I can't get that light happy tone to it.

Is there a trick to making it sound bouncy and fun?  something I should be doing with my wrists?  Or should I picture myself chasing butterflies on a sunny day?  I'm not much of a butterfly chaser...   Doesn't help that I have a tough time finding notes when I'm doing staccato.  I tend to jump right over where I need to be.

xx Beethoven Pastorale vs storm Sonata
December 09, 2007, 12:43:26 PM by fredo2

Hi guys,
some time ago i played the storm sonata, but i pretty much learnded it on my own, without teacher.
And now i started to play the Pastorale, and am wondering which one is more difficult to play, technically and musically.


xx Help with passage in Beethoven op.28 (piano sonata no. 15 in D)
July 30, 2007, 08:05:25 AM by mojones


I'm having a problem with a particular passage in Beethoven op.28 and wondered if anyone could suggest any practice techniques. 

In bars 77-83 I'm having trouble getting the notes in the highest voice in the right hand to be heard over the other voices.  It doesn't help that they're played with fingers 4 and 5. 

Any exercises I can do to try and control the volume of these two right hand voices independently?


xx Beethoven Sonata Op.28 'Pastorale' mvt.IV
January 15, 2007, 11:29:02 PM by phil13

This topic concerns the 4th mvt. coda, Piu Alllegro quasi Presto.

I've now been practicing this particular passage (and the whole mvt. in general) for about 2 months and I'm still having problems getting my  right hand to move in the right way. The wrist motions are there, the arm moves, but the fingers...unless it's warm inside, I have difficulty playing the runs effortlessly. Usually, I am not bothered by cold fingers except at the beginning of a practice session- they warm up within about 45 minutes to an hour. However, even after that- even after a day like today, where I had already practiced for nearly 5 hours before working on this passage, they feel stiff when executing the 16ths, as if they were still cold.

I have this sonata programmed for a recital in almost exactly one month. This is the last problem left in the entire thing for me. Does anybody with experience playing this passage have some good advice? Am I not moving my fingers correctly? Does the problem lie elsewhere?

To anybody who responds, thank you.


xx Beethoven Sonata
April 05, 2005, 02:16:29 AM by haarmonika

Please help me decide which Beethoven Sonata I should learn.

Op. 27 no. 1    or    Op. 28 (Pastoral)
I like the Op.27/1 in general, but i LOVE the 2nd movement of the Pastoral.

Which would you prefer? hmm.. Roll Eyes

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