Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata 20
in G Major, Op. 49 No. 2

Not Beethoven's 20th Sonata, but actually an early Sonatina which doesn't hint much at the composer's later piano revolution, this is a charming, playful, and effective concert piece.

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Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatas:

Sonata 20
Op. 49 No. 2

Key: G Major
Year: 1797
Level: 5
Period: Classical
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Beethoven's Easiest Sonata

Beethoven published this sonata in 1805. That’s 10 years after he wrote it, meaning that it predates even the first symphony. It’s a short work of just about eight minutes in length, it comprises only two movements, and it is also considered the easiest of all the Beethoven piano sonatas. Beethoven often held back pieces that he didn’t think were good enough or that he thought needed further improvement. In the case of this sonata and its immediate predecessor, it was Caspar van Beethoven, the composer's brother, who presented them to a publishing house, most likely against the composer's will. Had Beethoven himself released this sonata for publication, he would have called it a sonatina, owing to its modest proportions and simplified sonata form. This relaxed and playful piece doesn’t hint much at what would come later, but together with Sonata No. 19, the piece does show Beethoven’s quality even though he was feeling out the scope of his composing at the time.


Forum posts about this piece:

Where to start again? by tenderland
Hello, I wish to resume my classical piano studies but I am not sure where to begin. I left off 10 years ago. The most advanced piece I lear...

Suzuki Levels by taraweaver
I saw that the Suzuki Piano Method puts Beethoven op 49 no 2 in the book BEFORE the book with Fur Elise, Old French Song (Tchaikovsky), and ...

What grade ? by tenderland
Hello , Was wondering what grade I would be considered. I know all scales ,majot minor harmonic ,melodic. I do not practise any arpegios. ...

My teacher thinks a piece is too hard for me? by mishamalchik
Hello,           So I hurt my arm (ouch) and now my right arm is out of commission for the next couple weeks. I�...

how selective is the curtis summerfest? by sumpianodude
will i be able to get in playing Beethoven Op. 49 and Bach inventions or should I try to do harder pieces like tempest and WTC Fugues?...

Which Beethoven Sonatas for Auditions by mishamalchik
      Recently I learned that the Beethoven Sonatas op 49 are banned from most (but not all) auditions due to their lack of d...

An etude or sonata for developing my left hand please! by ramy1989
Hi guys: I am an amateur piano player. I would say I am somehow in the intermediate level. I play Beethoven's sonata op 49 no 2, the f...

An etude or sonata for developing my left hand please! by ramy1989
Hi guys: I am an amateur piano player. I would say I am somehow in the intermediate level. I play Beethoven's sonata op 49 no 2, the f...

BEETHOVEN'S PIANO SONATA NO. 20 IN G MAJOR by wendellb340
Hi all, I am a newbie on this board and this is my first post. I am an amateur pianist. I have up till now only studied only 1 of Beethoven&...

interpreting beethoven trills by ptyrrell
Hi, I am re-visiting my past and playing Beethoven Op 49 No 2, and not sure how to interpret the trills.  Do I begin on the upper not...

Which is easier? by stormx
- Beethoven sonata Op.49 n°1 - Beethoven sonata Op.49 n°2 - Mozart sonata K545 I have been playing for 2 years, and my teacher says i c...

Timing with ornamentations (Bh. Op.49 No.2) by prometheus
In measure four and eight there is a C with a tremelo and a B-C grace note onto B. I have a hard time playing this correctly in time. In the...

Beethoven Sonata Op 49 no 2 /Bach Goldberg Aria by lani
My daughter is 11 and has been playing for five years.  She would like to play a sonata (she has played quite a few sonatinas-Clementi,...

Sonata 20 in G Major Op. 49 No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Sheet music and recordings of thousands of piano pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and many other famous composers to view in your digital device, print out or listen to.
Sonata 20 in G Major - Op. 49 No. 2 is a piece by the classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
The composition was first published in 1797 and is included in Sonatas by Beethoven.