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Beethoven: Sonata 21 (Waldstein) Op. 53 in C Major

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Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatas :
Sonata 21 (Waldstein), Op. 53
Sonata 21 (Waldstein) Op. 53  in C Major by Beethoven piano sheet music
Key: C Major Year: 1804
Level: 8+ Period: Classical
piano sheet music Piano score: Ruthardt edition (6157 kB)

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xx Glissandos in Waldstein
December 01, 2003, 04:09:46 AM by MasterTuner

 This is my first post so I would like to say hello to everyone.

 I am very interested in playing the Waldstein but, I don't know how to go about playing those octave glissandos in the last movement smoothly.  Could anyone give me some advice?  That section is the only part of the piece that scares me.

xx In desperate need of help with the double glissandi in the Waldstein
February 04, 2005, 12:42:47 AM by YeShallBeGods

Hey there,

I'm currently working on learning the final movement of the Waldstein; it's coming along quite well, with one lonely exception: the double glissandi near the end of the movement, in the prestissimo section.

Simply put: how on earth do I do these things?  Undecided

In my many years of playing, this is actually the first piece that has ever called for a glissandi) and the fact that it is a double one is not helping... quick thoughts:

--I believe my hand size is big enough for this; I can easily play 9ths, though 10ths are a little more tricky.
--my fingers just feel like they are being gratted against the keys; it's quite painful, it's not a fast and steady sound, and it's nowhere close to what it needs to be.

I would really appreciate if someone could provide a step-by-step guide to doing a double glissando: do I hold my hand high or low, how do I position my thumb and fifth finger, how do I get a light and quiet sound, how do I avoid tearing my fingers to pieces?

This is the only part of the piece that's holding me back, and I know it's simply because I have no experience with this technique (and normally I'd ask my teacher, but I won't have a lesson for little awhile, and I'd like to make progress in the meantime)....

Major major thanks in advance Smiley

xx Beethoven: Sonata 21 (Waldstein)
September 17, 2005, 04:44:57 PM by pianohopper

First movement of the Waldstein Sonata by Beethoven.  Recorded, 9/17/05, 12:21 pm.  Yamaha clavinova, iMic, Adobe Audition.   

I expect to hear from of the Waldstein & Beethoven groupies!....

I played this for a jury back in June, got fair marks, but its' a completely different piece now.  Feedback? 

xx Beethoven: Waldstein 1st mvt.
October 23, 2005, 12:35:40 AM by rohansahai

Here's my humble rendition of this monumental killer...

xx preparation for Waldstein
April 10, 2006, 09:28:02 PM by florestan9

Sometime in the next few years I would like to learn the Waldstein, or at least the first movement, but first I would like to get a few more Beethoven sonatas under my belt (I recently finished 10/3 and have also done the Pathetique, Moonlight, 31/3, and the Appassionata, though not as well as I would have liked).  I like 2/2 and 2/3 so I'm considering one of those... are there any other suggestions as to sonatas that might be helpful as preparation for the W.?  Thanks

xx Beethoven - Waldstein Sonata, 1st movement
May 05, 2006, 02:32:21 AM by florestan9

Comments/criticism/suggestions welcome.  This is in progress, not final version.

rec. May 4, 2006, on a Yamaha grand, using Goldwave and a cheap mic on my laptop.

xx Waldstein, first movement
June 23, 2006, 11:49:39 PM by fnork

One of my major recent projects has been to learn the complete Waldstein sonata. Last week I participated on a course in Stockholm for young pianists and played the first movement on one of the concert. I've been working on this movement for a while now and it has been a lot of fun working on it, it has been very rewarding for my technique. The concert performance wasn't exactly perfect - I had practiced all day and was quite tired at the performance, plus, when I started playing I noticed that it was difficult to get the pianissimo that I wanted in the beginning. There are some tempo changes too which I have to fix.

Anyway, please listen and give comments - tips possibly, if you've worked on the sonata yourself.

xx Re: Music that has brought tears to your eyes
September 19, 2006, 01:50:15 AM by leucippus

To me, it's not the piece of music that does it, but rather it's how it's performed.

I don't recall the performer unfortunately, but I once heard Beethoven's Waldstein played so beautifully that I will never forget it.  It was quite emotional.  I forgot the name of the pianist because at that time in my life I wan't really into piano, I was just moved by that particular performance.

I also heard someone play a very simple elementary Bach Prelude (the first one in the Well-Tempered Book I), but it was played with such feeling that it was almost unrecognizable as the simple piece that so many beginners start out playing.  I think most people never really learn to play that prelude well.  They learn it early, and then put it behind them as a "beginner's piece".  But it can be extremely beautiful when played by an accomplished pianist who puts sincere emotion into it.

So for me, it's definitely in the performance, not the piece.

xx appassionata / waldstein
September 30, 2006, 12:29:13 PM by paoloo

i'm am working on appassionata, and first it was going good. But now i don't
feel good about it. I have to performe over 6 months. And my teacher and i must
choose between Waldstein or Appassionata. What do you think is better. Is waldstein
easier in technique. Waldstein is also maybe not overplayed as appassionata is.
which one should i choose


smiley Beethoven - Sonata op.53 "Waldstein" - Prestissimo from 3rd Mvt
October 01, 2006, 04:47:56 PM by doxy

My rec of Beethoven - Sonata op.53 "Waldstein" - Prestissimo from 3rd Mvt

xx Waldstein
October 20, 2006, 08:04:46 PM by aaron_ginn

Before I die, I want to be able to play the Rondo from Beethoven's Waldstein sonata.  As a beginner I can't even fathom what it would take to play a piece at that level and make it sound right.  That movement is largely the reason I decided to start playing piano.  The mere thought of one day possibly being able to play it is more than I could ever hope for.

If anyone here has played this piece, I'm wondering what kind of effort was required to do so.  Of course, I understand a work of this magnitude takes years of practice.  More specifically, I'm wondering what works I should start with in order to work my way up to this piece.  What techniques should I focus on perfecting?  What are the really difficult aspects of this movement that will require many hours of effort to master?

I've only been playing seriously for under five months, so I'm nowhere near being able to attack a work of this complexity.  Still, playing this piece is one of my life goals.  What will it take to accomplish it?

xx Can you grade difficulties of these pieces from easiest to hardest?
November 10, 2006, 07:39:31 AM by redrum232

   Chopin: Ballade no 1, Ballade no 2, Ballade no 3, Scherzo no 3, Scherzo no 2, Berceuse, Polonaise Heroique  , Beethoven: Waldstein movement 1, movement 3; Appasionata movement 1, movement 3. Huh Huh Huh
I'm searching for next repertoire. I' m quite sure that the Berceuse is significantly easier than the rest, but i don't know the distance of difficulties between that one and the others( for example: ballade 2 or scherzo) if i learn both of them at the same time...

xx beethoven's waldstein
January 27, 2007, 11:14:32 PM by pianistimo

this is for a laugh.  i haven't played it in awhile - but decided tonight to make a go of it again.  the second slower movement might be better.

xx waldstein (first mvt)
February 22, 2007, 03:23:44 AM by pianistimo

this is a run through tonight.  it's better than the last one - but probably not my best yet.  i'm posting it just because i like it.  the piece.  it's one of my favorite beethoven sontatas. 

xx Last mvts Moonlight, Waldstein, Appassionata
March 20, 2007, 06:26:35 AM by cloches_de_geneve

I am just curious to collect some opinions on this question. Apart from the ratings, I am particularly interested in the pianists' descriptions of the particular difficulties they encountered.



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