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Beethoven: Sonata 18 Op. 31 No. 3 in E-flat Major

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Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatas :
Sonata 18, Op. 31 No. 3
Sonata 18 Op. 31 No. 3  in E-flat Major by Beethoven piano sheet music
Key: E-flat Major Year: 1802
Level: 8 Period: Classical
piano sheet music Piano score: Ruthardt edition (4359 kB)

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xx Beethoven Sonata No.18 in E flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3, 1st & 2nd Mov. - Enzo
March 19, 2011, 03:17:59 AM by emill

We earlier posted the practice session done at home and we hope that this recital session is an improvement.  As always we will be so grateful for whatever comments! Smiley

This was played very recently on invitation of the Arts department of the University of Asia and the Pacific in Manila; what a lovely campus they have! Enzo really felt good with the reception he got from the faculty, staff and students.

And for whatever it is worth (frankly, I do not understand most of it) here are some technical descriptions lifted from WIKIPEDIA:

Roger Kamien has performed a Schenkerian analysis of facets of chords of the sonata.[1]

Allegro: Beethoven's progressive harmonic language is apparent from the very first chord of the piece - ii 6/5 (F minor 7 in 1st inversion), the stability of a tonic chord in root position delayed until bar 7. The expressive harmonic colour, coupled with the changes of tempi in the introduction (1-18), creates an evocative opening, reminiscent of the improvisatory style of C. P. E. Bach's piano sonatas. This opening cell is repeated extensively throughout the movement - at the start of the development (89), in the recapitulation (137), and also during the coda (transposed into the subdominant (220), and then at its original pitch (237)). The codetta (33-45) explores this opening chord in a minor variation (with a C flat, implying ii7 of Eb minor), even appearing in bar 36 in the exact spacing (albeit with different spelling) of the 'Tristan chord', written by Richard Wagner some 55 years later.

Scherzo. Allegretto vivace: This scherzo is different from regular scherzos, as it is written in 2/4 time as opposed to 3/4, and because it is in sonata form. However, its still contains many characteristics of a scherzo, including unexpected pauses and a playful nature. The theme is in the right hand while the left-hand contains staccato accompaniment. This isn't the first time Beethoven wrote a scherzo that isn't in ternary form; the scherzo in the Op. 14, No. 2 sonata has a scherzo as its third movement, which is in rondo form

xx Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major - 3rd & 4th mvt. - Enzo
February 26, 2011, 03:34:53 AM by emill

the 4th movement starts at 3:24

We will be so grateful for any comment.  Thank you for LISTENING and WATCHING.
Performed at the University of Asia and the Pacific in Manila on Feb. 24, 2011 using a Cannon Vixia Hf 100 camcorder.

xx Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat - 1st & 2nd mvt. - Enzo
February 23, 2011, 12:48:20 AM by emill

Recorded this yesterday at home just using the audio that comes with the camcorder
(Cannon Vixia HF 100). The 2nd movement starts at 6:15.

We would be most grateful for any comments.  Thanks a lot for listening and watching   

xx college audition piece; what do you think about Beethoven sonata #18?
April 09, 2010, 05:57:05 PM by leew

Hello everybody!

Could anybody help me with this question?

My question is "Is Beethoven Sonata #18 (Op31 no 3) a good piece for entrance audition for school such as Juilliard, Curtis, New England, Peabody, Cleveland, equivalent?

This choice is a part of required repertoire for "a sonata (complete) from classical era, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert"

Would this be a too easy piece for schools listed above?
Thank you for your help in advance.

Sincerely, Lee

xx Beethoven Sonata Op. 31 No. 3 (complete) - please listen
December 02, 2008, 10:46:11 PM by mkaykov

Hello all,

I just finished learning this Sonata, which I will probably play for my exams in April. This took me a little more than a month to do, which is the fastest I ever learned anything. The first movement is the most difficult for me to play......

Tell me what you think, I know 20 minutes of music is a lot, but I will appreciate any comments. I am not fully satisfied with the slow movement, it takes a great deal of finger control to play....and the beginning of it is not what I wanted to hear when I played the recording back.........

It took me several tries to get the first movement recorded, but movements 2-4 are all a single take. There is a small splice at 20:03 because I didn't get the rhythm quite right the first time. Other than that, there is no editing.

The alternate take is better than the first performance, by the way.

Anyway, I hope this is not too bad,

Best Wishes,


P.S. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving..........

xx choosing a Beethoven piano sonata
June 16, 2006, 04:54:45 AM by ben12345_5

I'm choosing a Beethoven sonata movement to learn next year.  My piano teacher gave me 3 choices:

1) Sonata No. 7 in D Major Op. 10 No. 3 1st mvt. Presto.
2) Sonata No. 18 in Eb Major Op. 31 No. 3 2nd mvt. Scherzo.
3) Sonata No. 26 in Eb Major Op. 81a "Les adieux" 1st mvt.

I think all of these pieces are within my technical ability (my previous pieces include Jeux d'Eau, Chopin Scherzo No. 2, Saint-Saens Piano concerto no. 2 1st mvt), but this is going to be my second priority piece.  I'll mainly be working on Busoni's Carmen Fantasy  Grin  , and I don't have time to learn and polish 2 big pieces.

Anyway, I was wondering if you guys could maybe give me a suggestion on which piece to learn.


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